Clara Hughes waves the flag with pride after being named as flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Friday, January 29, 2010, in Richmond, B.C. She is a five-time Olympian, the only athlete in the world to win multiple medals in both summer and winter Olympic Games, and a passionate humanitarian. Photo by The Canadian Press
Canadians in general are more supportive of the 2010 Winter Games than residents in the host province.
A new Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll shows three in four Canadians believe the Olympics will have more benefits than drawbacks for the country.
But in British Columbia, opinion is evenly divided, with only 52 per cent of those surveyed saying they saw more benefits.
When the three-per cent margin of error is factored in, it means there's as much optimism as pessimism about the benefits of the international extravaganza getting underway Feb. 12.
Compared to when Harris-Decima asked the same questions in October, the number of people surveyed who think the Games will be beneficial is rising, but only slightly.
That's the case even in B.C.
Warm feelings for the Games were strongest in Quebec and Alberta where over 80 per cent of respondents said they thought the Olympics would bring more benefits than drawbacks.