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Interest in Tokyo Olympics

Aug 3, 2021

Q. [Aug’21] How much interest are you taking in the Olympic Games being held in Tokyo?

Q. [Aug’16] How much interest are you taking in the Olympic Games being held in Rio?

Q. [Aug’12] How much interest are you taking in the Olympic Games being held in London?

  2021 2016 2012
A lot of interest 23% 19% 22%
Some interest 30% 33% 36%
A little interest 24% 30% 27%
No interest 22% 17% 14%
Unsure 2% 1% 1%
TOTAL: A lot of interest + Some interest 53% 52% 58%
TOTAL: A little interest + No interest 46% 48% 41%
Base (n) 1,098 1,015 1,018
  • Just over half of people are taking an interest in the Olympics (53%), at the Rio games, 52% were interested.
  • 22% say they have no interest in the Games this year, more than in 2012 (14%).
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
A lot of interest 23% 27% 19% 22% 21% 25% 20% 31% 25% 12%
Some interest 30% 30% 30% 31% 32% 28% 33% 35% 25% 19%
A little interest 24% 23% 25% 20% 22% 28% 25% 22% 26% 24%
No interest 22% 19% 25% 23% 24% 19% 20% 11% 25% 43%
Unsure 2% 2% 2% 4% 1% 0% 2% 1% 0% 2%
TOTAL: A lot of interest + Some interest 53% 57% 49% 53% 53% 53% 53% 66% 49% 31%
TOTAL: A little interest + No interest 46% 41% 49% 43% 46% 47% 45% 33% 51% 67%
Base (n) 1,098 537 561 341 372 385 371 402 90 128
  • Interest in the 2021 Tokyo Games is highest among men (57%) and Coalition voters (66%).

Importance of Australia winning gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics

Aug 3, 2021

Q. [Aug’21] How important is it that Australia wins gold medals at the 2021 Olympics being held in Tokyo?

Q. [Aug’16] How important is it that Australia wins gold medals at the 2016 Olympics being held in Rio?

Q. [Aug’12] How important is it that Australia wins gold medals at the 2012 Olympics being held in London?

  2021 2016 2012
Very important 18% 15% 12%
Quite important 35% 36% 32%
Not so important 24% 30% 36%
Not at all important 17% 13% 17%
Unsure 6% 6% 3%
TOTAL: Important 53% 51% 44%
TOTAL: Not important 41% 43% 54%
Base (n) 1,098 1,015 1,018
  • 53% say it is important that Australia wins gold medals at the Olympics. More people consider this important than at the 2012 London Olympics (44%).
Total Interest in the Olympics
A lot of interest Some interest A little interest No interest
Very important 18% 42% 18% 9% 5%
Quite important 35% 39% 51% 32% 13%
Not so important 24% 14% 22% 42% 20%
Not at all important 17% 4% 7% 11% 52%
Unsure 6% 0% 3% 6% 10%
TOTAL: Important 53% 81% 69% 41% 18%
TOTAL: Not important 41% 19% 29% 53% 72%
Base (n) 1,098 250 323 262 242
  • Winning gold medals is most important for those taking a lot of interest in the games (81%).
  • Just 18% of those who have no interest in the games say it is important to win gold medals.

Views towards Tokyo Olympics

Aug 3, 2021

Q. The Tokyo Olympic Games were originally scheduled to be held in 2020, but were postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the Games have started, Covid-19 cases in Japan continue to increase.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It’s fine that the Tokyo Olympics went ahead as planned this year 28% 33% 23% 27% 26% 29% 26% 32% 26% 29%
The Tokyo Olympics should have been further postponed until the Covid-19 outbreak in Japan is under control 33% 32% 33% 40% 34% 25% 37% 32% 37% 25%
The Tokyo Olympics should have been cancelled altogether 28% 26% 30% 19% 30% 35% 27% 26% 26% 33%
Unsure 11% 9% 14% 14% 10% 11% 10% 10% 11% 12%
Base (n) 1,098 537 561 341 372 385 371 402 90 128

 

 

  • While 28% of people are in favour of the games going ahead as planned, a third (33%) think there should have been a further postponement and 28% think the Tokyo Olympics should have been cancelled altogether.

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