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April 3, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Most Australians believe the 2018 Commonwealth Games, due to open tomorrow in the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, will expose Australia and Queensland to the world, a new nationwide survey by pollster Nielsen has found.  

The poll, commissioned by the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), found that many Australians believe the biggest long-term benefit of the Games will be the promotion of the Gold Coast on the global stage (40%), beating improved infrastructure and services (22%) and additional jobs and economic growth (14%).

When asked whether the 2018 Commonwealth Games would help promote Australia to the world, 71% said yes, 11% said no and 18% were not sure, the survey found.

An unusual result was revealed when respondents were asked: “Do you think the 2018 Commonwealth Games will help promote Australia to the world?”

More Queensland-based respondents answered “No” to that question than residents of any other state – and fewer Queenslanders answered “Yes”. That’s despite the fact the event is being held in Queensland.

2018 Commonwealth Games village

TTF chief executive Margy Osmond has no doubt the Games will focus attention on the host city.

“For the next month, the Gold Coast will be the epicentre of global sport with the eyes of the world on the Commonwealth Games,” she commented.

“With an anticipated audience of more than 1.5 billion people, it is easy to see why so many people believe the legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the global exposure of the Gold Coast as it hosts one of the world’s biggest sporting events and tourism drawcards.

“The long-term benefits of having the incredible beauty of the Gold Coast and South-East Queensland beamed into living rooms across the world every day in terms of the potential for increased visitation cannot be underestimated.

“The Commonwealth Games will well and truly put the Gold Coast on the global tourism map.”

Osmond said Aussies were looking forward to watching the traditional blue ribbon sports of swimming and athletics.

“When asked what top three events people are most keen to watch, our poll found that swimming was a clear favourite with 70% of respondents putting it on their list, followed by athletics (54%) and gymnastics (40%),” she said.

“There is also quite a bit of interest in a range of other sports, with many looking forward to the diving (31%), rugby sevens (19%) and basketball (19%).”

 

  • What do you think the legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be?

 

Male Female National NSW +ACT QLD SA VIC WA TAS
Improved infrastructure and services 26 18 22% 21% 27% 11% 20% 26% 7%
Increased exposure of the Gold Coast on the global stage 38 42 40 43 42 45 35 33 57
Additional jobs and economic growth 9 19 14 14 8 17 17 19 7
I don’t believe there will be a legacy 27 21 24 23 22 28 28 21 29

 

  • What events are you most looking forward to watching at the 2018 Commonwealth Games?

 

Male Female National NSW +ACT QLD SA VIC WA TAS
Athletics 58% 50% 54% 56% 44% 54% 59% 58% 42%
Swimming 63 75 70 69 68 68 76 65 50
Cycling – Road 19 8 13 15 13 14 12 13 8
Cycling – Track 22 12 16 20 12 13 18 18 0
Hockey 14 7 11 11 11 17 6 14 8
Netball 12 15 13 13 14 19 12 14 8
Basketball 25 13 19 18 14 24 23 15 33
Triathlon 12 10 11 14 11 8 7 12 8
Weightlifting 18 9 14 9 20 18 12 20 0
Rugby Sevens 29 9 19 24 25 13 12 13 8
Gymnastics 18 61 40 36 42 48 46 39 17
Diving 19 43 31 27 36 26 34 36 25

 

  • Do you think the 2018 Commonwealth Games will help promote Australia to the world?

 

Male Female National NSW +ACT QLD SA VIC WA TAS
Yes 67% 74% 71% 71% 67% 74% 68% 77% 79%
No 16 7 11 11 15 12 9 11 7
Not Sure 18 19 18 18 18 14 22 12 14

Edited by Peter Needham

 

 

 

 

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