57% of Americans Say No to China Games

April 8, 2008 9:06:01 PM PDT
57% of Americans say they disagree with the International Olympic Committee's decision to award the 2008 Summer Olympics to China, according to this nationwide poll conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of its media clients across the country. 33% say they agree with the IOC's choice.Despite the nearly 2:1 disagreement with China hosting the games, just 1 in 5 say the United States should boycott the games by keeping its athletes home, as it did during the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. 23% back a boycott; 69% say U.S. athletes should participate in the Olympics, which begin August 8.

When it comes to whether or not the President should attend the Olympic opening ceremony, however, respondents split; 47% say President George W. Bush should attend, and 46% say he should not. Seniors, minorities, and Democrats are somewhat more likely than others to say the President should stay away from the opening ceremonies; conservatives and Republicans are more likely to say the President should attend.

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