What Americans think about the 2016 Olympics in Chicago

Americans are evenly divided on the importance of Chicago winning the 2016 Olympics while 43 percent think it's a bad idea for President Obama to go to Copenhagen to make pitch for the city.
Whether Obama should travel there to support Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid
has been batted back and forth even in the White House, with the
president initially saying that he couldn't go because of the press of
business, including health care reform.

Apparently, the excuse convinced no one (or following Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley's orders) Obama now is there touting his adopted city.
(Maybe he didn't want to be upstaged by Oprah who also went to
Copenhagen, declaring that Chicago is the world's greatest city.

Who knows what the reason is, but it turns out according to a new Rasmussen poll
that 43 percent of Americans think that it is a bad idea. Thirty-six
percent think that it is a good idea while 21 percent say they don't
know if it is a good or bad idea.

The poll continues:

But then Americans are almost evenly divided on how important it is for Chicago to be the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Forty-eight percent (48%) say it is at least somewhat
important while 49% take the opposite view. These figures include 15%
who believe it is very important and 22% who say it is not at all
important....

So far, the president's planned trip on behalf of Chicago's Olympics
bid hasn't caught the attention of many Americans. Forty-nine percent
(49%) say they have followed news reports about the trip at least
somewhat closely, with 20% following very closely. But the identical
number (49%) are not following the story closely, with 20% who are not
paying attention to it at all.

The poll has more interesting numbers.

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