The price tag has been debated, disliked and dissected, but the euphoria that swept the nation last summer was undeniable and infectious. And now we’ve got the stats to prove it.
More than two-thirds of Brits think the London 2012 Olympics were worth the £8.7bn we spent on them, according to a BBC/ComRes survey of more than 3,000 British adults.
One in five said they think the Games have improved their public services and local economy, and a whopping three in four said they would be happy for us to host the Games again.
The government’s estimate that the Games have so far boosted our economy by an additional £9.9bn, through inward investment and trade, have been called into question – not least by Vince Cable – but the sporting legacy looks like it’s kicking in.
One in 10 (11%) of those surveyed said they now do more sport than they did before the Olympics, with that number rising to one in four (24%) among 18- to 24-year-olds.
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