posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 11:26 AM
NEW YORK -- Most New Yorkers want the city to host the 2012 Olympics but don't believe a $1.4 billion stadium is needed to win the bid, according to a
poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University Poll found 64 percent of respondents supported the city's Olympics ambitions while 30 percent were opposed.
Only 39 percent agreed with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's claim that the city must build a new stadium on the West Side to secure the games compared with
47 percent who disagreed.
However, 57 percent said they would back the project if the stadium were to generate enough revenue to pay off the $600 million in funding to be
contributed by the city and state. Thirty-nine percent said they would still be opposed.
If taxpayers ultimately were to pay the tab, though, respondents said the project should be scrapped. Only 17 percent supported public funding for the
stadium while 77 percent were opposed.
New York faces four European rivals for the games: Paris, London, Moscow and Madrid, Spain. The IOC will select the host city in July 2005.
The poll surveyed 1,221 New York City registered voters between Nov. 5 an 8. It has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.
The stadium would also be the new home for the New York Jets.