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1 Jack Jedwab Association for Canadian Studies September 27 th, 2008 Canadian Post Olympic Survey

2 Canadas Olympic Performance in Comparison The 2006 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are now part of the record books, There was much initial concern during the first week of the games that Canadians were headed towards a dismal medal performance. By the end of the Games however the concern seemed to have diminished as Canada came home with 18 medals in the summer games and 50 in the Paralympic. Following the two previous Olympic Games (summer 2004 and Winter 2006) the firm Decima Research conducted surveys for the Department of Canadian Heritage to gauge Canadians satisfaction with the countrys performance in the Games, their views on funding for Olympic sports and amateur athletes and their perspective on Canadas place internationally when it comes to sports achievement. The Association commissioned Leger Marketing to conduct some of the same questions put to the population in 2004 and As Canada tends to perform better in the Winter Olympics the comparisons around issues of performance are perhaps better understood on the basis of the comparison between 2004 and Nonetheless where relevant we have considered all three Games

3 Methodology The Association for Canadian Studies commissioned the firm Leger Marketing to conduct this survey and the questions were fielded between September 10 and 12, Some 1500 people were surveyed via web panel with a margin of error of 3.9 points 19 times out of 20.

4 I am satisfied with Canada's overall performance at the 2008 summer Olympics Strongly agreeSomewhat agree Canada 25.0%46.7% 18 to %51.1% 25 to %37.1% 30 to %30.8% 35 to %47.4% 40 to %46.0% 45 to %46.8% 50 to %50.7% 55 to %44.9% 60 to %50.0% 65 years or older 23.9%53.8% Total 25.0%46.7% Nearly 72% of Canadians were satisfied with Canadas performance at the 2008 summer Olympics. This is down from the Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006 (87%) but well up from the summer games in Athens in 2004 (59%).

5 I am satisfied with Canada's overall performance at the 2008 summer Olympics FrenchEnglishOther Strongly agree 27,4%25,7%18,9% Somewhat agree 49,1%48,0%42,1% Somewhat disagree 12,5%13,0%17,5% Strongly disagree 3,4%4,7%9,9% I don't know 6,7%8,2%9,9% I prefer not to answer,9%,3%1,7% Total 100,0% Francophones most satisfied with Canadas Olympic Performance

6 It is important for Canada to win more medals at future Olympic Games Strongly agree Somewhat agreeTotal All 19.3%36.0% to %43.3% to %31.5% to %35.0% to %29.6% to %31.7% to %24.8% to %40.8% to %33.3% to %41.1% years or older 14.7%41.9%56.6 In 2004, 57% of respondents placed importance on increasing the number of medals won. In 2008, 55% of Canadians responded the same way

7 It is important for Canada to win more medals at future Olympic Games FrenchEnglishOther Strongly agree 23,4%17,1%20,9% Somewhat agree 32,2%33,6%47,2% Somewhat disagree 30,1%26,2%18,6% Strongly disagree 6,7%16,4%7,6% I don't know 5,5%6,4%5,6% Despite Satisfaction, Majority of Canadians believe increased medal winning important

8 Canada is a leading Sports Nation Strongly agreeSomewhat agree 18 to % 25 to % 30 to %26.3% 35 to %28.1% 40 to %26.1% 45 to %32.3% 50 to %23.8% 55 to %22.9% 60 to %33.0% 65 years or older 3.4%26.8% Total 2.8%29.0% In contrast to the aftermath of the 2006 winter Olympics where more than three in four Canadians surveyed described Canada as a leading sports nation, in 2008 some 32% held this view

9 Canada is a leading sports nation FrenchEnglishOther Strongly agree 2,7%3,3%1,3% Somewhat agree 20,7%32,5%28,8% Somewhat disagree 49,5%40,8%37,4% Strongly disagree 17,3%16,6%20,9% I don't know 6,7% 8,9% I prefer not to answer 3,0%,1%2,6% Total 100,0% English Canadians most likely to describe Canada as a leading sports nation

10 When Canadian athletes win medals at the Olympics I feel a stronger sense of pride in Canada Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeTotal Canada 36.0%37.9% to %39.3% to %34.1% to %29.0% to %35.1% to %36.5% to %42.7% to %43.2% to % to %42.5% years or older 41.1%38.1%79.2 Two in three Canadians feel greater sense of pride when Canadians win Olympic medals

11 When Canadian athletes win medals at the Olympics I feel a stronger sense of pride in Canada FrenchEnglishOther Strongly agree 26,4%37,2%43,2% Somewhat agree 40,7%39,8%29,6% Somewhat disagree 18,5%11,0%11,6% Strongly disagree 7,6%7,0%8,0% I don't know 5,5%4,6%6,3% English Canadians feel most proud when Canadians win Olympic medals but allophones not far behind

12 Canada would have to invest a lot more money in its athletes to improve its medal standing Strongly agreeSomewhat agree Canada 31.1%35.7% 18 to %35.4% 25 to %30.3% 30 to %34.4% 35 to %31.3% 40 to %35.0% 45 to %33.8% 50 to %41.2% 55 to %34.5% 60 to %34.0% 65 years or older 34.7%40.4% Two in three Canadians agree that Canada would have to invest a lot more money in its athletes to improve its medal standing

13 The federal government should increase the current level of financial support for Canadas amateur athletes Strongly agreeSomewhat agree Canada 35.5%36.4% 18 to %57.3% 25 to %23.6% 30 to %33.8% 35 to %34.1% 40 to %34.0% 45 to %31.6% 50 to %36.1% 55 to %32.8% 60 to % 65 years or older 38.9%35.5% The results of polls conducted after the games in 2004 and 2006, showed that about 61% of Canadians were in favor of increasing funding to our athletes. The 2008 results show an 11 point increase in the total percentage that agree with increased funding

14 The federal government should increase the current level of financial support for Canadas amateur athletes FrenchEnglishOther Strongly agree 41,0%35,3%30,2% Somewhat agree 35,3%35,1%43,2% Somewhat disagree 12,2%14,0%15,9% Strongly disagree 5,8%8,5%3,7% I don't know 4,9%6,6%6,3% Total 100,0% Francophone Canadians are most supportive of increasing funding to athletes

15 Federal funding should be targeted to those sports with the greatest potential for medal success Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Canada 9.2%23.8%33.2%26.7% 18 to %34.3%32.6%21.9% 25 to %27.0%21.3%23.6% 30 to %24.4%30.1%17.9% 35 to %19.4%29.9%32.1% 40 to %19.5%33.3%28.9% 45 to %19.6%41.8%31.0% 50 to %24.5%33.3%31.3% 55 to %19.3%31.1%32.8% 60 to %22.4%30.8%31.8% 65 years or older 9.5%24.6%37.5%22.0% In % of Canadians agreed that funding should be focused on the sports with the greatest potential for medal success. In 2006, 70% of Canadians agreed with the statement but a low emerged in 2008 with 33% of Canadians holding this view

16 Amateur sport is a positive means to promote Canada to the World Strongly agreeSomewhat agree Canada 33.6%46.8% 18 to %39.3% 25 to %48.9% 30 to %50.6% 35 to %47.8% 40 to %44.4% 45 to %48.4% 50 to %45.6% 55 to %44.5% 60 to %57.0% 65 years or older 35.2%46.6% As in 2004 and 2006, over 84% of Canadians agree the amateur sport is a positive means to promote Canada to the world

17 I am involved in sport as an athlete or participant Strongly agreeSomewhat agree Canada 13.6%14.2% 18 to %12.4% 25 to %11.4% 30 to %19.9% 35 to %18.4% 40 to %15.1% 45 to %20.5% 50 to %15.5% 55 to %11.0% 60 to %12.4% 65 years or older 5.7%7.9% There is a slight decline from both the 2004 and 2006 survey results where 33% of Canadians said they were involved in sport either athlete or participant. In 2008, 27% of respondents said they were involved

18 The 2008 Olympic and Para Olympic Games motivates me to participate more in sport Strongly agreeSomewhat agree Canada 6.3%18.4% 18 to %28.8% 25 to %24.7% 30 to %26.1% 35 to %17.2% 40 to %21.2% 45 to %12.2% 50 to %16.9% 55 to %16.9% 60 to %12.3% 65 years or older 4.9%11.3% The 2008 Olympics appear to be the most effective in motivating Canadians to participate in sport. Almost 1 in 4 Canadians agreed the games motivated them more to participate compared to 1 in 10 in 2006 and 1 in 5 in 2004.


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