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More Britons 'to attend Olympics'

London's Olympic Stadium
The poll was carried out to assess support for London's Olympic Games

Public enthusiasm for attending the 2012 London Olympic Games has risen almost 30% following the Beijing Games, a survey for the BBC suggests.

A phone poll of 1,000 adults during the closing weekend of the Beijing Games suggested that 32% would attend the London event, up from 25% in February.

The poll was carried out by GFKNOP and compared with a similar survey conducted in February.

Beijing handed over to London as the host city on Sunday.

Despite Team GB having its best Olympic performance in 100 years, coming fourth in the medal table and bringing back 47 medals, only 19% of respondents thought the Olympics would inspire them to participate in sport and exercise, with 79% saying it would not.

Bar chart showing percentages of respondents who believe the government should spend more or less on the 2012 Olympics

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This was a decrease from February's 20% of respondents who expected to be inspired to get active.

In the February and August polls the BBC asked whether respondents thought the London Games would benefit the region where they lived - at both times 73% said no and 22% said yes.

Two further questions were asked in the August poll.

Twenty percent of respondents were feeling "very positive" about the London Games now that the Beijing Games were finished and 37% were "quite positive".

Seventeen percent were "very negative" or "quite negative".

When asked should the government spend more or less money on the Games in 2012, 28% said more, and 33% said less, while 34% said no difference.

China spent 20bn on the games, but London's mayor Boris Johnson has said he is "absolutely determined" the 2012 Olympics will cost less than the current 9.3bn budget.

Bar chart showing regional responses to question of whether people's own areas will benefit from the 2012 Olympics in the UK




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