Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics is supported by 64 per cent of residents, while domestic rival Berlin is backed by 55 per cent, a survey published today by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has found.
A selection of 1,500 inhabitants in each city were asked about the respective bid by telephone, following on from a survey asking similar questions last September.
Since then, support has risen and opposition has declined - with only 53 per cent in Hamburg and 48 per cent in Berlin then acknowledging support - a good sign for the German authorities ahead of a decision being made between the two later this month.
"We are delighted with the huge acceptance of Olympic and Paralympic Games, and especially the fact that there were increases in the specific questions candidates in both cities," said DOSB President Alfons Hörmann.
"We are delighted with the huge acceptance of Olympic and Paralympic Games, and especially the fact that there were increases in the specific question candidates in both cities.
"We have felt locally, that the climate of opinion has developed positively.
"Now we have a good basis for further decision-making process."
The DOSB are now expected to declare their choice on Monday (March 16) before the decision is confirmed by the membership on March 21.
If successful, it has already been announced that a referendum will be held in Berlin before the bid will be officially launched, so the DOSB will be especially keen to study the survey results and calculate the likely support for each, before making their choice.
A referendum could also take place in Hamburg, the city that must surely now be seen as the favourite to be selected.
Rome and Boston are the only other cities to have confirmed bids, although decisions will also be made over coming months over potential attempts from the likes of Paris, Istanbul, Budapest, Baku and Doha.
The deadline for submitting bids to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is September 15 and the IOC is then due to choose the host city at its 2017 Session in Lima.
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