The Olympic Winter Games 2022 were is being held in Beijing. It is a multi-sport event held between the 4th – 20th of February. Recently the U.S. announced a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics, soon followed by Australia, thus, creating multiple concerns.

Accordingly, Real Research launched a survey about the diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics. The survey seeks to find whether respondents are aware of the boycott, what they think about it, and whether sports should be intertwined with politics. Here are the results.


  • 51% are aware of Australia boycotting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics following the U.S.
  • 27% say U.S. diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics can influence other countries to join.
  • 25% say that the ‘scheduled agenda’ of the Beijing Olympics will still go as planned.

51.08% Are Aware the Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

First, the survey asked respondents whether they are aware that countries are boycotting Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. To this, 51.01% said ‘yes’, and 48.92% said ‘no’.

U.S. influence on other countries
Figure 1: Respondents discuss U.S. influence on other countries

Next, the survey asks whether respondents think the U.S. boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics can potentially influence other countries to join in. The majority (27.54%) believe it is ‘highly influential’. Whereas, 23.86% say ‘somewhat influential’. However, 2.60% say ‘not influential at all,’ and 39.53% are unsure.

29.91% Say Sports and Politics Should Remain Separate

Moving on, the survey asks respondents whether they believe sports should not be intertwined with politics. To this, 29.91% ‘highly agree’, 26.18% agree, and 28.93% are ‘neutral’. Moreover, 8.84% ‘highly disagree’ and 8.34% ‘disagree’.

 sports and politics should not mix
Figure 2: Many feel sports and politics should not mix

Next, the survey asked how the sports industry would be affected by the boycott started by the U.S. To this, the majority (25.01%) say it will go as ‘scheduled’, whereas 16.69% say the ‘participants will also join the boycott, affecting the games’. Further, 10.56% say ‘there are no effects’ and 10.18% say the ‘sports industry will lose revenue generated from sports activities’.

Adding to this, 3.98% say ‘the IOC and other sports committees are caught between the games and political decisions’. Lastly, 3.22% say ‘this gives chance for other countries to boycott sports events in the future, affecting the sports industry’.

42.57% Agree on the Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

Next, the survey asks respondents whether the IOC (International Olympic Committee) should intervene in the diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics. To this, 28.53% believe the intervention of IOC can end the boycotts. Whereas, 19.56% believe the IOC should ‘make the U.S. and Australia not intervene in sports activities’.

Moreover, 8.93% say ‘yes, this will make diplomats stop intervening using political opinions’ while 2.66% say ‘no, they should leave the U.S. and Australia with their decisions’. Lastly, 2.55% say ‘make the U.S. and Australia be disciplined, not influencing other countries’.

IOC intervening in the boycott issue
Figure 3: Thoughts on IOC intervening in the boycott issue

Adding to this, the survey asked how the respondents view such boycotts in the sports industry. In response, 24.35% say ‘it affects the world awaiting to watch the Winter Olympics’, whereas 17.76% say it ‘deepens bad relations amongst countries, affecting innocent travelers.’

Likewise, 9.95% say ‘it gives a bad reputation to the country hosting the Olympics’ while 4.10% say ‘people are frustrated with the U.S. intervening in political issues for other nations’. Finally, the survey asked what respondents think about the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Here, 42.57% agree, 13.62% disagree, and 43.80% are unsure.


Survey TitleA Survey On Diplomatic Boycotts For The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
DurationDecember 10 – December 17, 2021
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.