Vancouver’s love-hate relationship with 2010 Games

Supporters of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games outnumber opponents by two to one, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll, exactly the same level of support recorded in the city’s 2003 referendum on the bid.

Oddly enough, exactly the same share of those surveyed — 64 percent — agrees with the statement that the “Olympics are a colossal waste of money that will render Vancouver in debt for years to come.”

The poll, (available here with Vancouver 2010 results on page 61), was conducted nationally for Global TV News.  Results on Vancouver Olympic opinions were released on tonight’s 6 p.m. broadcast.

Twenty-one percent of the 442 people surveyed will boycott the Games. Twenty-seven percent are angry they can’t get tickets.

Percent agreeing that “having the Games in Vancouver is one of the best decisions ever made:” 39.

Percent believing “Canadian athletes will do better than expected” at the Games: 62.

World, meet Vancouver. In some cities, it takes two to have an argument. Here, apparently, many people passionately hold opposite beliefs at the same time.