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47 percent say they blame “corruption” for cost overruns that placed the final cost of the games at $50 billion.

38 percent say the Winter Olympics were a good way for Russian officials to take funds from the games budget.

34 percent blamed the $50 billion cost on “greedy contractors,” 19 percent blamed “poor government oversight”.

29 percent said President Obama and other Western leaders would not attend opening ceremonies because of “dislike of Russian leadership.”

23 percent say the games would help bring their nation together.

17 percent said the games would boost the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

15 percent said the games would help revamp the host city of Sochi and increase tourism.

Source: A Levada-Center poll of 1,603 Russian adults conducted Jan. 24-27 and released Wednesday.

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