Fifty-five per cent of Britons believe the London Olympics have delivered good value for money, according to a poll published yesterday, as the hosts revel in Britain’s best performance at the Games for more than a century.
The 55% of the British population think the Games are ‘well worth’ the £9 billion price tag, cheering the nation up as it battles recession, according to the Guardian/ICM poll.
In contrast, only 35 per cent of the 2,021 people asked said the Olympics – which have cost more than four times the original estimate – were a costly distraction from economic problems.
Britain escaped a deep downturn in late 2009 but fell back into recession at the end of 2011. Latest official data showed the GDP slumped 0.7 per cent between April and June from the first three months of this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2012.