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Survey shows less than half of S. Koreans interested in PyeongChang Winter Olympics

All News 14:21 February 07, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- A nationwide survey showed Tuesday that less than half of South Koreans are interested in the first Winter Olympics the country will host next year.

According to Gallup Korea's survey of 1,003 adults on Feb. 1 and 2, 48 percent said they were interested in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, while 49 percent said they weren't.

The PyeongChang Olympics will open on Feb. 9, 2018, in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, and adjacent sub-host cities.

The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.

The poll showed that 19 percent said they had zero interest in the quadrennial event.

Gallup said South Koreans' interest in international sports competitions has been dwindling since the 1990s, though people could start taking more interest in PyeongChang 2018 since there is still time left for promotion.

Gallup added that 64 percent of the polled showed interest in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics a week before the competition.

Among individual sports for the 2018 Olympics, figure skating was the most popular, with 34 percent saying they were interested. It was followed by short track with 27 percent and speed skating with 15 percent.

However, 34 percent said they either didn't have any interest in winter sports or didn't have any knowledge of them.

Also, 49 percent said they believed the PyeongChang Olympics would be a success, compared with 38 percent who thought otherwise.


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