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This archived article was published 5 July 2005
Your choice of host city for
the 2012 Summer Olympics

City Mayors has been conducting an internet poll to find the most popular city to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. The poll went live in December 2003. By 5 July 2005, one day before the IOC decided on the host city for the 2012 Olympics, a total 5,720 valid votes were cast. The total includes 419 votes cast for the four cities (Rio de Janeiro, Leipzig, Istanbul and Havana) which the IOC removed from the bidding process on 18 May 2004. The number of votes received by the five cities which remained in the bidding process totaled 5,301. City Mayors counted all votes manually. Multiple votes, whether for one city or several cities, were eliminated. How London won the 2012 Olympics.

Percentage of votes cast since 1 January 2004
Number of votes
Previous number of votes in brackets
Share of votes
Previous share of votes in brackets*
New York
1,538 (1,511)
29.0% (29.2%)
1,362 (1,334)
25.7% (25.8%)
1,082 (1,057)
20.4% (20.4%)
832 (801)
15.7% (15.5%)
487 (477)
9.2% (9.2%)
Number of votes cast for and share of votes of each of
the nine bidding cities to host the 2012 Summer Olympics
*All percentages recalculated to reflect the new shortlist of five candidate cities

On 18 May 2004, the International Olympic Committee decided that the five candidate cities to bid for the 2012 Olympics were London, Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. Havana, Leipzig, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro were eliminated. In City Mayors' international poll Rio de Janeiro was the world's second most popular city after New York.

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