SCMP: More than half of Canadians support Beijing Olympics boycott, survey shows

Staff members of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Aquatics Center, now known as the Ice Cube, in Beijing on Thursday. A new survey suggests that more than half of Canadians favor boycotting the games. Photo: Reuters

More than half of Canadians oppose participation in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, according to a recent survey, underscoring the negative public opinion in the country toward China stemming from allegations of human rights abuses.

Online polling of 1,000 Canadians found that 54 per cent believe that the country “definitely should / probably should” boycott the international competition, while 24 per cent said “probably should not / definitely should not”, Canadian polling firm Research Co. said on Thursday. Twenty-one per cent of the respondents said they were not sure.

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