Post-Games polling reveals little about some of the most important questions

Last week’s Innovative Research poll on 2010 Games public opinion, summarized here, tells us little we couldn’t have surmised on our own:

  • the four-in-ten British Columbians who never wanted the Games never changed their minds;
  • those who were undecided going into the Games had the time of their lives;
  • elsewhere in Canada the mood was more positive;
  • by the end, almost everyone was having a good time.

Unavailable in the public opinion analysis I’ve seen, and certainly not commissioned by the city given its budget constraints, are answers to questions like these:

  • did you find the transportation shift good, bad, indifferent? Will it change your commuting? Are you more likely to walk, cycle or take public transit?
  • for downtown residents: during that wild, crazy time in the downtown were you a) using earplugs and praying it for to end? b) tolerating it because the Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime event? c) pleasantly surprised at how much fun you found at your doorstep? or d) keen to see the city bring it on whenever possible?
  • for residents and civil libertarians concerned about the bylaws: did you find the additional closed circuit TV obtrusive? How do you assess VPD management of demonstrations? Are the two issues linked? How did the city handle ambush marketing? Litter? Information?

The city moved outside the envelope in every respect for that 14-day period. What did people really find the best? What should not be repeated?

Just a new willingness to experiment would be a great Olympic legacy on its own.