Budapest, September 9 (MTI) – The majority of Hungarians favour Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics, according to a survey by Ipsos released on Friday.
The survey with a sample of 1,000 found that 58 percent of Hungarians were positive about the prospect of Budapest hosting the event.
Fully 38 percent of respondents said Budapest could be capable of hosting an event that is at least on par with the Rio Olympics and 27 percent said Hungary could put on an even better event than Brazil.
The survey found that 58 percent of Hungarians back Budapest’s bid to host the Games, while 31 percent are against it and 11 percent are undecided. Support for the Olympic bid had a majority in every social group.
Ipsos found that the older segments of the population were less supportive and more skeptical of the Olympic bid. People with higher educational attainment levels tended to be more supportive of the Budapest Games.
In Budapest, fully 54 percent supported the bid compared with 39 percent who were against it. Support in rural Hungary was 59 percent to 30 percent.
In an Ipsos survey released last September, only 46 percent of Hungarians backed Budapest’s Olympic bid.
Budapest faces competition from Rome, Paris and Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics.