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Londoners still looking forward to 2012 but expect long-term benefits

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 October 2010

MORE than two thirds of east Londoners are still pleased that the capital is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games despite national economic concerns, according a new survey. The YouGov survey, released today by London Councils, found that 67 per cent of east Lo

MORE than two thirds of east Londoners are still pleased that the capital is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games despite national economic concerns, according a new survey.

The YouGov survey, released today by London Councils, found that 67 per cent of east Londoners are pleased that the Games are taking place in London.

The survey suggests that one of the reasons for the continued support lies in the belief that hosting the Games will bring long-term benefits, despite concerns caused by the current economic climate.

Ninety three per cent of Londoners feel that there will be long term benefits for London in hosting the Games.

When asked what benefits they would most like to see, 70 per cent said better transport infrastructure, 58 per cent said more jobs, 57 per cent said better access to quality sporting facilities and 55 per cent said more activities for young people.

London Councils' executive member for culture, tourism and 2012 Councillor Chris Roberts said: "Considering Londoners are paying £625 million through council tax towards the Games and the infrastructure needed to deliver it, effectively making them the largest sponsor, they are right to expect some return on their investment.

"Delivering on their expectations in the current economic climate will be tough.

"With two years to go, the Games are a once in a generation opportunity to deliver something very special for Londoners.

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