SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A new statewide poll shows 89 percent of Utahns are behind hosting a future Olympic Winter Games.

“Historically the citizens of Utah have been extremely supportive of Utah hosting the Olympic Winter Games,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission and co-chair of the Olympic Exploratory Committee.

 “The results of the poll are clear: Utah and its citizens are ready, willing and able to host the games again.”

The poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, surveyed 600 people across the state from November 14-21 and has a margin of error of four points.  

“In many ways, we are even better prepared to host the games today than we were 15 years ago,” said Senate Pres. Wayne Niederhauser, who also co-chairs the OEC.

The OEC held its first official meeting met Monday at the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office. Meeting agenda items included budget, transportation, venues, environment and climate, legal, Utah economic impact, promotional value, and public opinion.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) previously announced its desire to put forth a bid for an upcoming Winter Olympics, but still has yet to determine a specific year.  For now, the Utah-based OEC is preparing for future games, without knowing when the next bid window will be.

The OEC will provide recommendation to its board by February 1, 2018.