As Chicago continues its quest for the 2016 Olympic Games, one of its competitors says it is enjoying increasing support for an Olympic bid.
Representatives of the Tokyo organizing committee, say a new survey indicates 70 percent of those surveyed in Japan, "enthusiastically support" the Tokyo 2016 bid, up from 62% previously reported a year ago.
"I feel that Japanese expectations for Tokyo 2016 are increasing day after day, especially among the younger generation," said Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo and President of Tokyo 2016. "I'd like to bring home a big present from Copenhagen this October."
Chicago 2016 indicated last year that public support for their bid was running at 84% favorable.
Here is a breakdown of the Chicago survey numbers, from a Zogby poll taken last April:
Strongly support 54%
Somewhat support 30%
Somewhat oppose 6%
The International Olympic Committee will announce the host city for the 2016 Games in Copenhagen Oct. 2, 259 days from today.