Japanese support the Tokyo Olympic bid three to one

Advertisement

What do you think of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics bid? graph of japanese statisticsWith the IOC decision this weekend, DIMSDRIVE Research published their survey on 2020 Olympics and bid activities, finding that although one in three are ambivalent about the whole affair, three to one of the remaining two-thirds favour it.

Demographics

Between the 6th and 19th of August 2013 7,311 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were male, 4.6% were in their teens and twenties, 16.4% in their thirties, 31.7% in their forties, 26.9% in their fifties, 14.9% in their sixties, and 5.6% aged seventy or older. Unfortunately, there was no breakdown of the area of residence of the respondents, but DIMSDRIVE usually has around 40% from the Tokyo and surrounding Kanto area.

I’m personally in favour of the bid, partially out of a desire to feel schadenfreude towards those I find are campaigning against Tokyo due to personal dislike of Japan or due to excessive Fukushima-related scaremongering. Indeed, I suspect that the deciding factor will be whether science can triumph over nuclear irrationality, but I also worry that the Japanese team will not be very good at getting the scientific, factual case across.

Research results

Q1: What do you think about watching sports, including on television? (Sample size=7,311)

 Love itLike itCan’t sayDislike itHate it
All16.3%36.4%30.9%9.2%7.2%
Male, >29 y.o.21.3%32.0%27.0%10.7%9.0%
Male, 30s23.0%32.8%28.6%7.9%7.7%
Male, 40s21.5%36.2%29.3%6.6%6.4%
Male, 50s17.5%43.0%29.2%6.2%4.1%
Male, 60s18.7%44.7%27.0%5.8%3.8%
Male, 70 y.o.+21.3%52.0%20.7%4.8%1.2%
Female, >29 y.o.9.9%25.5%30.1%18.9%15.6%
Female, 30s11.9%27.4%34.9%14.2%11.6%
Female, 40s11.2%28.1%36.4%13.2%11.1%
Female, 50s10.2%35.7%34.7%10.6%8.8%
Female, 60s12.7%33.7%36.3%11.1%6.2%
Female, 70 y.o.+5.4%48.2%32.1%12.5%1.8%

Q2: How interested are you in the Olympics? (Sample size=7,311)

 VerySomewhatCan’t sayNot reallyNot at all
All19.2%40.1%16.4%14.7%9.6%
Male, >29 y.o.18.0%25.4%20.5%18.9%17.2%
Male, 30s14.5%33.1%23.4%14.1%14.9%
Male, 40s18.5%36.8%18.8%15.2%10.7%
Male, 50s21.8%45.9%14.2%11.7%6.4%
Male, 60s27.4%43.2%12.9%11.5%5.0%
Male, 70 y.o.+30.1%48.6%10.8%7.7%2.8%
Female, >29 y.o.8.0%30.2%15.1%24.1%22.6%
Female, 30s12.6%34.9%16.3%19.6%16.6%
Female, 40s14.6%38.2%19.3%17.2%10.7%
Female, 50s19.4%42.7%16.1%15.0%6.8%
Female, 60s21.2%49.4%11.4%13.1%4.9%
Female, 70 y.o.+32.1%42.9%8.9%14.3%1.8%

Q3: Do you know about Tokyo being a candidate city for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics? (Sample size=7,311)

Yes, in detail (to SQ)64.3%
Yes, a little28.4%
No, not at all7.3%

Q3SQ: How do you rate these various aspects of the Japan bid? (Sample size=4,699)

 Very muchSomewhatCan’t sayNot reallyNot at all
Can make enough of an appeal11.7%50.7%27.5%8.1%2.0%
Has good sense9.7%36.5%38.7%10.5%4.6%
Has good people8.9%34.4%40.6%11.2%4.9%
Delivers an effective message8.1%32.9%44.7%10.8%3.5%
Better than the other cities’ bid activities9.2%34.7%39.8%11.9%4.4%
Uses effective methods10.3%30.9%46.5%8.6%3.7%
Overall, has good invitation activities11.0%43.1%34.1%8.3%3.5%

Q4: What do you think about the activities to invite the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to Tokyo? (Sample size=7,311)

Support30.5%
Somewhat support21.7%
Can’t say31.1%
Somewhat oppose6.3%
Oppose10.4%

Almost two-thirds of those who knew in detail about the Tokyo bid supported it, whereas just one-sixth of those who didn’t know about it supported it. However, those opposed only increased from 15.0% to 21.1%

Q5: Of the three candidate cities, Tokyo (Japan), Istanbul (Turkey) and Madrid (Spain), which do you think will be selected? (Sample size=7,311)

Tokyo59.3%
Istanbul20.7%
Madrid20.0%

78.2% of the people interested in the Olympic according to Q2 thought Tokyo would be selected, versus just 29.1% of those not interested.

Q6: Do you know that there is still one event to be decided for the 2020 Olympics? (Sample size=7,311)

Yes, and know the events that are candidates38.4%
Yes, but don’t know the events that are candidates31.3%
No, don’t know30.3%

Q7: The events to be decided are wrestling, baseball/softball, and squash. Which would you want to see selected? (Sample size=7,311)

Wrestling64.9%
Baseball/sofball29.4%
Squash5.7%

Q8A: Why do you want to see the event from Q7 be chosen? (Sample size=7,311, multiple answer)

Expect Japan to get a medal (Japan is strong)39.6%
It’s been in the modern Olympics since the start (wrestling)23.6%
It was also in the ancient Olympics (wrestling)20.8%
Like that sport19.5%
It’s a sport familiar to the Olympics (wrestling, baseball)18.9%
Really want to watch it13.0%
I have a favourite player of the sport10.7%
Few chances to see it outside the Olympics9.1%
I feel close to the sport8.9%
I enjoy it7.0%
I know the rules6.5%
It’s a good topic of conversation5.4%
It wouldn’t be the Olympics without that sport4.5%
It’s due for a comeback after Beijing (baseball/softball)3.9%
There is (seems to be) a lot of people who play it3.8%
It’s recently become exciting3.5%
Want it to become even more well-known3.1%
It’s a great show1.2%
It will be it’s first time in the Olympics (squash)1.1%
Other1.7%
No particular reason15.5%

Q8B: Why do you want to see wrestling from Q7 be chosen? (Sample size=4,744, multiple answer, top 10)

Expect Japan to get a medal (Japan is strong)50.5%
It’s been in the modern Olympics since the start36.3%
It was also in the ancient Olympics32.2%
It’s a sport familiar to the Olympics (wrestling, baseball)25.7%
Few chances to see it outside the Olympics12.6%
I have a favourite player of the sport12.5%
Really want to watch it8.5%
Like that sport7.5%
It wouldn’t be the Olympics without that sport6.4%
I enjoy it5.8%

Q8C: Why do you want to see baseball/softball from Q7 be chosen? (Sample size=2,155, multiple answer, top 10)

Like that sport48.4%
Really want to watch it24.0%
Expect Japan to get a medal (Japan is strong)22.9%
I feel close to the sport19.2%
I know the rules19.0%
It’s due for a comeback after Beijing13.4%
I enjoy it10.2%
There is (seems to be) a lot of people who play it8.5%
I have a favourite player of the sport8.5%
It’s a sport familiar to the Olympics7.5%

Q8D: Why do you want to see squash from Q7 be chosen? (Sample size=2,155, multiple answer, top 10)

It will be it’s first time in the Olympics18.6%
Few chances to see it outside the Olympics9.8%
Want it to become even more well-known7.6%
Really want to watch it7.4%
Like that sport6.2%
It’s a great show4.3%
It’s a good topic of conversation3.8%
It’s recently become exciting3.1%
I enjoy it3.1%
Expect Japan to get a medal (Japan is strong)2.1%

Q9: If Tokyo were to hold the Olympics, would you want to spectate in person? (Sample size=7,331)

Definitely7.9%
Depending on circumstances, yes23.5%
Not in person, but want to watch on television33.5%
Don’t really want to spectate8.0%
Don’t want to spectate at all18.9%
Don’t know8.2%

When asked what events and ceremonies they were interested in, 44.5% said swimming, 40.6% gymnastics, 40.0% athletics, 32.6% the opening ceremony, 32.4% football, and so on.

Read more on: ,,

Custom Search

4 comments »

  1. Shonan Love said,
    November 6, 2013 @ 01:50

    It’s Istanbul.

    Not ‘Instanbul.’

  2. Shonan Love said,
    November 7, 2013 @ 08:35

    I kept reading it ‘instant bull’.

    You make a good number of spelling errors on the site. I noticed it’s not a strong suit of IT types.

    • Ken Y-N said,
      November 8, 2013 @ 00:26

      Yes, I do! I should install a spellchecker; in fact I do already have a spellchecker, but obviously I don’t use it… I just started using it now, and spotted an error in the first line of last night’s post.

Leave a Comment