Japanese support the Tokyo Olympic bid three to one

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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 it Like it Can’t say Dislike it Hate it
All 16.3% 36.4% 30.9% 9.2% 7.2%
Male, >29 y.o. 21.3% 32.0% 27.0% 10.7% 9.0%
Male, 30s 23.0% 32.8% 28.6% 7.9% 7.7%
Male, 40s 21.5% 36.2% 29.3% 6.6% 6.4%
Male, 50s 17.5% 43.0% 29.2% 6.2% 4.1%
Male, 60s 18.7% 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, 30s 11.9% 27.4% 34.9% 14.2% 11.6%
Female, 40s 11.2% 28.1% 36.4% 13.2% 11.1%
Female, 50s 10.2% 35.7% 34.7% 10.6% 8.8%
Female, 60s 12.7% 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)

  Very Somewhat Can’t say Not really Not at all
All 19.2% 40.1% 16.4% 14.7% 9.6%
Male, >29 y.o. 18.0% 25.4% 20.5% 18.9% 17.2%
Male, 30s 14.5% 33.1% 23.4% 14.1% 14.9%
Male, 40s 18.5% 36.8% 18.8% 15.2% 10.7%
Male, 50s 21.8% 45.9% 14.2% 11.7% 6.4%
Male, 60s 27.4% 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, 30s 12.6% 34.9% 16.3% 19.6% 16.6%
Female, 40s 14.6% 38.2% 19.3% 17.2% 10.7%
Female, 50s 19.4% 42.7% 16.1% 15.0% 6.8%
Female, 60s 21.2% 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 little 28.4%
No, not at all 7.3%


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

  Very much Somewhat Can’t say Not really Not at all
Can make enough of an appeal 11.7% 50.7% 27.5% 8.1% 2.0%
Has good sense 9.7% 36.5% 38.7% 10.5% 4.6%
Has good people 8.9% 34.4% 40.6% 11.2% 4.9%
Delivers an effective message 8.1% 32.9% 44.7% 10.8% 3.5%
Better than the other cities’ bid activities 9.2% 34.7% 39.8% 11.9% 4.4%
Uses effective methods 10.3% 30.9% 46.5% 8.6% 3.7%
Overall, has good invitation activities 11.0% 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)

Support 30.5%
Somewhat support 21.7%
Can’t say 31.1%
Somewhat oppose 6.3%
Oppose 10.4%

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)

Tokyo 59.3%
Istanbul 20.7%
Madrid 20.0%

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 candidates 38.4%
Yes, but don’t know the events that are candidates 31.3%
No, don’t know 30.3%

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

Wrestling 64.9%
Baseball/sofball 29.4%
Squash 5.7%

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 sport 19.5%
It’s a sport familiar to the Olympics (wrestling, baseball) 18.9%
Really want to watch it 13.0%
I have a favourite player of the sport 10.7%
Few chances to see it outside the Olympics 9.1%
I feel close to the sport 8.9%
I enjoy it 7.0%
I know the rules 6.5%
It’s a good topic of conversation 5.4%
It wouldn’t be the Olympics without that sport 4.5%
It’s due for a comeback after Beijing (baseball/softball) 3.9%
There is (seems to be) a lot of people who play it 3.8%
It’s recently become exciting 3.5%
Want it to become even more well-known 3.1%
It’s a great show 1.2%
It will be it’s first time in the Olympics (squash) 1.1%
Other 1.7%
No particular reason 15.5%

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 start 36.3%
It was also in the ancient Olympics 32.2%
It’s a sport familiar to the Olympics (wrestling, baseball) 25.7%
Few chances to see it outside the Olympics 12.6%
I have a favourite player of the sport 12.5%
Really want to watch it 8.5%
Like that sport 7.5%
It wouldn’t be the Olympics without that sport 6.4%
I enjoy it 5.8%

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

Like that sport 48.4%
Really want to watch it 24.0%
Expect Japan to get a medal (Japan is strong) 22.9%
I feel close to the sport 19.2%
I know the rules 19.0%
It’s due for a comeback after Beijing 13.4%
I enjoy it 10.2%
There is (seems to be) a lot of people who play it 8.5%
I have a favourite player of the sport 8.5%
It’s a sport familiar to the Olympics 7.5%

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 Olympics 18.6%
Few chances to see it outside the Olympics 9.8%
Want it to become even more well-known 7.6%
Really want to watch it 7.4%
Like that sport 6.2%
It’s a great show 4.3%
It’s a good topic of conversation 3.8%
It’s recently become exciting 3.1%
I enjoy it 3.1%
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)

Definitely 7.9%
Depending on circumstances, yes 23.5%
Not in person, but want to watch on television 33.5%
Don’t really want to spectate 8.0%
Don’t want to spectate at all 18.9%
Don’t know 8.2%

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.

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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.

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