73% of bulgarians have declared they expect a good performance of their athletes in the Rio Summer Olympic games. Nearly 50% claim they intend to follow the Games in Rio. Nearly that many declare they have watched the UEFA European Championship. A possible 300 000 have reconsidered their plans to travel in Western Europe and Turkey after the events of the last months. 47% of respondents are against the death penalty compared to 33% who support it. This result may have possibly been influenced by the recent events in Turkey.
These are part of the data of an opinion poll conducted by “Gallup international” on the important topics from this Summer. It is part of the monthly independent research program of the company. The opinion poll is conducted among 813 respondents between 28 July and 4th of August in a face-to-face interview. The Summer of 2016 has mixed in an unprecedented way themes as leisure, travel, sport with topics from Politics, Terrorism and death.
73% of Bulgarians declare support for a good performance of Bulgarian athlethes in the Rio Olympic Games. The expectation for a good performance, however, is more of a wishing than certainty. What is certain is that part of the Bulgarian populace is interested in the topic and is keeping its fingers crossed for their national contestants.
By default, interest in male respondents towards the sport events is twice as high compared to levels of interest among women. People with lower income and educational status are considerably more inactive in this respect.
Four years ago “Gallup international” tested the attitudes during the London Summer Olympic Games. The tendencies were similar, and nearly 2/3rd declared that the performance of Bulgarian athletes is important to them. Despite this more Bulgarians acknowledged that sport is interwined with Politics and Finance.
The intersection of the topics of Politics and Leisure time became particularly important this Summer. Hence, “Gallup international” tested if the terror attacks in Western Europe and the attempted Coup in Turkey have affected the intentions of people to travel and visit these countries. 82% of respondents declared they have not planned to travel in these places in the recent months. Around 6% claimed that the developments have not affected their plans, and another 6% claim that recent events have affected their plans to travel to these places in the coming months.
In other words over 300000 Bulgarians have reconsidered travelling to Western European countries or Turkey. This number is fairly high in view of the overall ability of Bulgarians to travel. Of course this data is declarative and acknowledges the sensitivity of the topic.
Around 40% claimed they had a holiday on the Black sea or are planning to make their holiday there. Bulgarians with higher income are more willing to take a holiday. We should however take into account that the data is declarative in nature and variables as age and place of birth also changes the parameter of the data.
A provocative claim was tested if “Bulgaria should introduce the death penalty”. 47% of respondents disagree, 33% do not support. Among the supporters of the introduction of the death penalty are older people. People with higher education are opponents of the death penalty. This shows that the repressive attitudes in the Bulgarian society are present, but not much. This corresponds to results from a previous research by “Gallup international” in topics concerned with security and Law enforcement. There might be anxiety from the developments in neighboring Turkey.
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