London 2012 Olympics 'worth £9 billion price tag'

Nearly 80% of Britons think the £9 billion spent on the Olympic Games was value for money.

Fireworks during the closing ceremony of London 2012
Fireworks during the closing ceremony of London 2012 Credit: Press Association

A new poll by Guardian/ICM shows that 78% of voters believed the Olympics "did a valuable job in cheering up a country in hard times", compared with just 20% who looked back on them as "a costly and dangerous distraction".

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London 2012 'worth the money'

A new poll shows that almost 80% of Britons believe the £9 billion spent on the Olympic Games was value for money.