Poll Results: America’s Cup Economic Benefits

June 9, 2015

68.8% of voters felt that economic benefits from the America’s Cup would go to a select few, while 28.3% felt that the event would benefit all of Bermuda, according to a recent poll released by Profiles of Bermuda.

In releasing the poll results the company said, “With a major part of Bermuda’s recovery plans being pegged to the hosting of the America’s Cup, the vast majority of voters felt that the economic benefits would accrue to only a select few rather than to the country as a whole.

“Nearly 7 in 10 voters [68.8%] felt that economic benefits would go to a select few, while 3 in 10 [28.3%] felt that the event would benefit all of Bermuda. Less than 1 in 20 [2.9%] were unsure.

Screenshot of the poll results from Profiles of Bermuda

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Differences By Race

Profiles of Bermuda said, “By race, more than 8 in 10 Blacks [84.8%] felt that the economic benefits would go to a select few, compared to 4 in 10 Whites and Others [36.9%] of who felt that way. Whites and Others were more inclined to believe that the event would benefit all Bermudians [58.4% compared to 12.9% for Blacks].

Differences By Gender

“By gender, females were more likely than males to believe that benefits were for the select few [72.7% versus 62.2% respectively]. On the other hand, one-third of males felt that all Bermudians would benefit from hosting the races [35.6% versus 23.6% for females].”

Differences By Income & Age

“And by income, more than 7 in 10 persons in households earning between $50,000 and $100,000 [73.5%] felt that a select few would benefit from hosting the races, compared to 70.5% for those households earning under $50,000 and 60.8% of households earning more than $100,000.

“There were no statistically significant differences by age groups.

Poll Notes

In explaining the poll, Profiles of Bermuda said that category totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

The 2015 survey was conducted among 407 registered voters between 15 April 2015 and 10 May 2015 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8%. Some 75% of respondents were obtained by landlines, 11% by cell phones and 14% via the internet. Data for all demographics were weighted to reflect the 2010 Census.

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    I got harshly criticized when I wrote this column on Bernews: http://bernews.com/2014/12/op-ed-please-roll-plan/ but I said then that 90 percent of the benefits of the AC had to go to 90 percent of the people or it would not be deemed a success.

    • Onion says:

      Of course you did. That’s an impossible standard.

      This whole question is a stupid one. Of course the economic benefits are going to go to the tradesmen who build, the landowners who rent, the taxis who drive, and the tourism industry who host. Meanwhile us international businesspeople aren’t going to see a penny in our pockets.

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        The whole question is not a stupid one! People’s perceptions are their reality…..

        • hmmm says:

          What are you doing to get anything out of it Jeremy?

        • Onion says:

          Yeah, and the America’s Cup organisation are opening absolutely every single door possible to help people benefit from the Cup, and the money created locally will flow through the whole economy.

          Meanwhile some of us stuck in our offices on Pitts Bay won’t get a penny!!!

        • Mutual Repect says:

          I get what you’re saying Jeremy. That while this is good for Bermuda not everyone stands to benefit equally. Ironically, it’s the people who don’t work in trades and own property who stand to benefit the least. At least the people in trade will see an uptick in their earnings. Any suggestions on how Gov. could widen the net so more people could benefit.

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            There is really no way to ‘widen the net’, as you put it, and there is a simple reason for this. Not everyone works in a trade that will need to be directly involved. It is one of the principles of trickle down.. or even out, economics. This event is not being put on as a hand out. the field that will receive direct touch from this is also not that narrow. We can start with the construction workers building the infrastructure, from there we move out to the utilities and services, even restaurant and bars for team events. These will have the first touch from the actual team operations. Next we have the increase in personnel and families of the teams moving here, renting from landlords, again using utilities and services (like power, cable, cell), buying vehicles, paying for gas, buying groceries, going out to bars and restaurants. Then during the events you will have an increase in visitors, paying into our hotels, bars, restaurants, taxis, public transport, bike rental and gas. Also during the event you will have local vendors/entrepreneurs with stalls at the event villages.
            This poll is less a reflection of the potential reality we face, and more to do with not fully understanding general economic principles of free market society. Employers across a number of industries/businesses will see direct payments from this, much of that money will then go to 1) employees who will then spend that money to other services/business; 2) business expenses to other employers/businesses, who then pay employees and expenses and so on and so on. Bermudians virtually island wide stand to gain in some fashion from this event, except those who intend to stand around looking for the hand out.

            • Poppy says:

              As an Australian living working here you people got no idea how much money was generated in Perth for that the whole Country. Hundreds and Hundreds of millions of dollar. The city of sails Auckland made a killing everyone prospered not just the tradesmen everyone. Its the people that follow the Americas Cup the tourists the families. For every team there are followers. This is beyond good for Bermuda. I no its a small Island but don’t think small like the bloke above me. Think about what you can do for you Bermudians i support everyone that tries.There is only one problem that i can see the infrastructure will not support the cup here.Look out Bermuda your in for a shock of a life time.

              • Build a Better Bermuda says:

                Poppy, you summarized my point exactly, thank you.

    • alsys says:

      The problem is that a statement like that negates any responsibility of actually having to do anything to receive benefits.

      • Regina says:

        Exactly! So to Jeremy – you want 90% of the benefits to go to 90% of the people but do you honestly think 90% of the people here are going to lift a dam finger to earn any of that benefit? If you honestly think 90% of Bermudians are going to get off their couch and stop b*tching about “Oh woe is me” then you are truly living in a fantasy world.

        • mj says:

          hey regina, stop b$tching and moaning, we the tax payers forked out $77,ooo,ooo, already for squat!!!!don’t talk bs, ok, bermudians don’t have to lift a finger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we are waiting for the residuals to start kicking in from OUR investments,…we should be able to conduct our lives accordingly without having to hear ads and commercials begging us to support the americas cup that WE ALREADY SUPPORT THROUGH THE 77MILLLION DOLLAR!!!!!!!DO YOU GET IT YET!!! stop begging us to show any more interest than has already been extended especially under the present situation in Bermuda with people losing jobs, ect….BIG BOYS COMING HERE need to come out of their big pockets and give us more explicit details as to what is required or jobs available for locals !its rather silly to provoke bermudians as though they have not been the most kindest and gentlest of people who are constantly taken advantage of because of their good nature!!Why do we have to plead for billionairs ?! its high time they got of their monumental butts and start appreciating THE HOST!!!

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            While I don’t agree with Regina, I also find your own statement to be nothing more than a complete load of $#!t. There isn’t a single grain of truth to what you have said. Firstly, we have not forked out $77m, that is the estimated cost for the complete event from now to 2017, and they will be soliciting as much of that money from sponsors as possible. Secondly, there has been more than enough information sessions, and more expected to come, explaining where there can be opportunities for anybody interested in working for the opportunity. While this event is expect to cost around $77m, Bermuda as a whole stands to gain over $250m, it is an investment that will benefit all in some way, but hand outs will be at the back of the line.
            This event has the potential to improve our island for all, that is all who would work for it, because the only way Bermuda will benefit from this is if we work for it. Nothing has ever worked in history, without people working for it.

          • Huh? says:

            You do realize that the $77 million isn’t money we have paid out right?

    • hmmm says:

      This is from that same 407 people poll that the other two polls were from…the ones where effectively ~44% of PLP supporters thought the OBA would be better at managing the economy.

      • @ hmmm: Yup, that same minority :-( The vast amount of Bermudians will benefit…whether they know / believe it or not.

        • Sabrina says:

          Only a few will see and direct benefit from the Americas Cup. Only the larger builders (and any extra employees they need will be brought in from overseas), only the larger landscaping companies (the smaller ones will not see a dime), only those that are lucky enough to own extra property that will be rented out. Grocery stores and maybe a few retail stores. Yes, the Americas Cup will fill the pockets of some in Bermuda – but it will not cause a dent in the majority of pockets. People need sustainable employment in Bermuda and the Americas Cup will not do that.

          • Noncents says:

            @ Sabrina,

            Sorry but you are wrong. You have completely ignored the knock-on effects that the America’s Cup also provides. Those smaller landscaping companies may not be directly involved with the AC jobs- they will be better positioned to do all of the other jobs that historically the larger companies would have been competing with them for. The lucky few that own extra property will have more money in their pockets to put back into the economy that will indirectly benefit many. More money spent in grocery stores means less pressure on reducing expenses such as employee salaries and on and on it goes.

            Your comment lack a basic understanding of how an economy works.

            • Thanks Noncents. Unfortunately, “common sense isn’t too common” :-(

            • Sabrina says:

              I don’t lack understanding – I am well aware of the knock on effect that industries have on the economy, what I am saying is that not every Bermudian will benefit from the Americas Cup (not even most Bermudians). Some Bermudians will benefit. October 2015 will be a small test. Let us see how many Bermudians receive any benefit from those few days. I hope I am wrong, because we all need Bermuda to prosper again. What annoys me are the comments about Bermudians being lazy, sitting on their couches and moaning. This does not help our island, it only serves to create more division.

        • A vast amount of Bermudians etc.

    • serengeti says:

      Jeremy, if 90% of economic benefits go to 90%, then mathematically the other 10% would go to the remaining 10%.
      So in other words, your view is that the only way the AC is a success is if the economic benefit is shared absolutely equally among 100% of the total population.
      Ok then.
      Jeremy, I don’t know if you can see this or not, but that is a completely ridiculous position to take.

      • TonyC says:

        Yep. Its like anything in life, the more effort you put in, the more you get out. The Bermudians who benefit most will be the ones who put the most effort in, and vice versa.

      • rhonda says:

        No I said equal but if 10% get 80 90% of the benefits that 20 10% for everyone else. And the government coffers will see a deficit for all of us to pay. But there will be the usual suspects out to tell us the none tangible millions we made. The millions we can see or feel but believe.

    • Lois Frederick says:

      An overlooked effect of the AC35, is what it is doing to tourism and the knock on effects. The hotel developments that have been announced and those that are about to be announced, have largely come about because of the positive impact of the AC35. Investors can see the obvious synergy the event has with Bermuda along with the global exposure and because of that, are putting down money here in Bermuda. That will create jobs for many Bermudians in the construction phase and then in the hotels themselves when completed. The effect on Bermuda will be far reaching and even those that think, or have the perception that it will have no impact on their lives, will find that it does, even without them realising it. The AC35 will impact Bermuda for years to come.

    • Mockingjay says:

      Ya, like the 1% have the wealth while the 99% fight for what’s left over.

      • TonyC says:

        What will you be doing to make money from the AC opportunity Mockingjay? Water taxi, perhaps, perhaps guided tours for the influx of visitors. Cleaning services? Boat rental? Scooter hire? On-the-water drinks provider?

        Or are you just going to sit behind your keyboard moaning that you’re not rich because you made absolutely no effort, and your darling PLP are no longer in a position to give you a job or a kickback in exchange for your vote?

      • Mutual Repect says:

        and what exactly makes you feel so entitled to that 1%?

    • what... says:

      Jeremy… if 90% of the people invest 90% of the capital, then yes I agree they should get 90% of the benifits. But sorry, business does not work that way… Like most western countries we live in a Trickle Down Economy… Meaning most people will benifit to some degree from the a better economy but those that put money, time and hard work in will get a better return on investment.

      Bill Gates suggests eveyone should read 7 books this summer… #5

      “How to Lie With Statistics” by Darrell Huff basicilly the writer tells you how statistics can be made to say almost anything you want!!

    • Huh says:

      No surprise here. Cordell Riley only publishes polls that fit his agenda. Anyone who knows anything about him knows that he wants the OBA to fail so his beloved PLP can finish the job of wiping out International Business and foreign ownership of property here. Thus keeping the local population poor and uneducated while the PLP elite live and travel like Kings

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      You believe in socialism, but please highlight to me any socialistic society that has produced that model of success you have laid out. 90% for 90% is a flight of fantasy, based on an untangible ideology, often exploited by the 10% who are seeking to get the 90%. 100% of Bermuda stands to gain from this event, but in truth it will only be 100% of those who are willing to work for it.

    • Paz says:

      This standard makes no sense to me. The benefits should go to those that do the work and provide the services.

      The 90% standard smells of entitlement, something that many Bermudians are guilty of. I was born here so give me something for nothing.

      Sure the government should try to widen the net but creating economic benefits for one group is better than not doing it at all!! At another point in time a different group will benefit disproportionately.

      To the extent that government revenues increase then some of our hideous, unconscionable debt can be paid down. This benefits all Bermudians.

  2. sswhite says:

    And before you OBA lemmings mention the tired old “the PLP did it before too” excuse for your party’s “improprieties” I will let you know here and now their actions (past and present) disgust me too…

    • Bermyman says:

      How much insinuation does a poll need before it is considered propaganda? ‘Select few’ what kind of demographic profile is that?

      So your telling me that increased air arrivals, hotel room bookings, home/apartment rentals, public/private transportation, restaurants/bars, retail and small/large contractors constitute as a select few?

      SanFran had 300,000,000 of economic activity during the AC. We are the size of a suburb in SF and you think that the knock on economic effect will not benefit the average Bermudian??

      People need to go back to school and learn how an economy works.

      • Anbu says:

        They dont need to though. Havent u heard? The plp will give them all the education they need on the AC and its economic benefits or lack thereof as they so love to point out. Lol. Sad state we are in now. They literally want to throw money at us and these clowns still complain. Smh. Typical

  3. aceboy says:

    That is all fine and good but what will the 90% DO to EARN the benefits?

    Is there an expectation that some people invest in time money and effort to get a return and they should then share with the rest who don’t do anything?

    That is called Communism….and despite what Starling says, Communism has always been and will continue to be a disaster. Eventually those who do the work and invest time and money simply stop doing so.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      Frankly, in this case some left-leaning policies of inclusiveness would not go amiss. People have to earn it but should they feel like they are being excluded from it – no? People’s perceptions are their reality and if they feel excluded from this event there will be no lasting legacy for the Island.

      • LiarLiar says:

        I went to the AC roadshow in Somerset the other week.

        It was a great opportunity to view the upcoming commercial opportunities and events that will come to fruition because of the AC.

        All in the audience were encouraged to submit applications and business plans. These weren’t exclusive events. They were open to anyone and everyone.

        A relative of mine did just that and within a week was contacted by the AC event committee who invited her to a meeting at their RenRe office and they agreed and admired with her business proposal and a such she will be able to use the AC logo to sell her products.

        And no-one helped her. She listened, prepared, submitted and got it done.

        If some wish not to take the initiative then they have no right to complain.

        Government cannot do everything for you in life.

        • aceboy says:

          My wife was at the recent event talking about booths they are going to be renting.

          The only downside is that they won’t allow children under 18 to man the booths. My 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter want to help their mother and I and get involved.

      • aceboy says:

        The only people being excluded are those who don’t get off their backsides to find something to sell or a service to provide.

        Socialism is Communism light. It doesn’t work unless the people doing the work are willing to share with those who don’t. Why should I work hard if I am expected to hand over parts of my profits to people who aren’t doing anything?

        Keep your socialism and your communist leanings. I want no part of that.

        • @ aceboy: I agree, anyone that has a successful business knew /knows, “money makes money”. Bermuda needs money like…yesterday :-(
          With such a large debt,(daily interest rates alone are astronomical) so where would they now suggest we get the funds that are required if we are to ever get out of this rut, join a cartel?

      • TonyC says:

        Who is being excluded? Show me the list of people/business which are specifically excluded from making money.

        You’re simply stirring the left-wing pot. You should be ashamed.

      • jt says:

        Self defeating and circular.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        How do people feel excluded, the AC have been doing everything that people can expect from them to feel included. It isn’t the AC that is making people feel excluded, it is the people say that we will be excluded. This is not a hand out and I commend and congratulate the efforts of the AC organizations thus far, they have been providing opportunities and there will be plenty more to come. Nobody should allow themselves to get hung up on and held back by those who are the opinion that this should be a giving event. We will not all see a direct benefit, but that isn’t to say there will be no benefits indirectly, one only needs to look.
        You say perception is a person’s reality, but perception is within a person’s control, and that perception can easily be shifted from one of exclusion to inclusion, they just need to open their eyes to what is available to them and find their opportunity. In fact, that is the only way it is going to happen, so people have a choice, they can be included, or they can be excluded, but it will only be by their choice.

  4. serengeti says:

    And yesterday the ACEA invited business, entertainers, and others to participate in the October 2015 events.
    If people want to make something of this, they have the chance.

  5. Yahoo says:

    Loaded question with the sole goal of stirring up racial tension (again). I’m just surprised it’s not the handywork of Riley…

    • More tricks from out of their, “bag of tricks”.
      “Dazzle them,(the public)with diamonds and fill their heads with bullshht!” This is how the governments opposing, “groups” work. Sad yes, but true :-(

      • Mockingjay says:

        Hey Stormin Norman take it easy before you blow a gasket.

        • Anbu says:

          Why dont u get a damn job instead of runnin up ya mommas electricity bill.

    • hmmm says:

      It is Riley …profiles……

      • Yahoo says:

        Thank you, guess I’m surprised no longer. Is he capable of doing any kind of survey/analysis that doesn’t centre on race?

  6. Jeremy Deacon says:

    So why not close down Front St AND Court street in October for the world series – people’s perceptions are their reality

    • what says:

      last I checked, hamilton harbour doesn’t flow past court street, the purpose of closing off front street is for viewing of the finish line of the races

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        ignorant comments which nicely summarises what I am saying, thank you.

    • Henry Fisherman says:

      Incorrect. Perception is not reality. That is a low level of consciousness.

      There is an objective reality that is taking place. Our job is to align our perception with the objective reality i.e. Truth.

  7. willie naylor says:

    This should act as a wake-up call for the powers that be that the AC is not resonating with the majority of the population

  8. Ed Case says:

    Once again it would be nice to know what the actual questions were. In all honestly who would answer yes when asked if ALL Bermuda would benefit. There will be some who never get off the sofa.

    Perhaps it should have been ‘MOST’ and ‘FEW’. The results may have been different.

    Still, I’m sure the poll did what they wanted it to do. Ask the right question and you’ll get the answer you want.

    • Mockingjay says:

      And statistically White professionals make more money then their Black counterparts in the same field, nothing new.

    • sswhite says:

      You like to criticize others for their grammatical or spelling errors don’t you Ed Case?

      Have you found yours?

      Pompous a*s…

      • Ed Case says:

        A simple typo is quite different from the constant misuse of punctuation.

        Glad you got your moment in the sun – alas, that is all you’ll get.

  9. jac says:

    Ridiculous question. Ridiculous responses. If you get to watch the AC from shore you benefit. Logically, if all benefit, then a select few also benefit, by definition. If you think that not everyone benefits (which is possible, as some people will die before the event) then you’re only other response is to select a “select few” benefit. What’s telling here is the attitudes. The fact that most people believe that the benefits will go to a select few is breeding the wrong type of environment for success. If you want the benefits to go to you, step up.

  10. swing voter says:

    silly of the OBA strategists to let this fly

    • Mockingjay says:

      Very fitting to have silly and U.B.P/oba in the same sentence.

      • Anbu says:

        Mate u prove every single day that u and your beloved pee el pee r the silliest bunch on this rock lmao.

  11. jt says:

    Next poll….should the AC be cancelled?…y or n.

  12. GTA says:

    Next poll question should be:

    Between 1998 until 2012 did the PLP economically benefit all Bermudians or just a select few?????

    If all Bermudians want to receive an economic benefit from this, then all Bermudians need to come together and make it happen. If the America’s Cup is to be deemed a success we must work together and stop expecting something from doing nothing. The knock on effects of the America’s Cup could affect everyone from all walks of life, be it from educational and sailing programs for our youth, increase in foreign spending into our island puts money into the pockets of Bermudians who in turn pay bills, taxes, goods and services themselves. However, don’t try and twist this as if the America’s Cup is suppose to somehow make everyone rich and get us all out of debt. Everyone must still work hard and continue to provide for themselves and their families, and if you are out of luck and fallen on tough times, that means you must work twice as hard, learn a new skill and try and educate yourself, so that you can push through the tough times because no one else can push you through without you taking the first step yourself.

    • Mockingjay says:

      Well you might as well go all the way and say from the discovery of this island until now did the minority Europeans make an asserted effort to have a equal playing field for the majority Africans.
      Hmmmmmm

    • Unfortunately there’s still a minority making noise :-( “However, don’t try and twist this as if the America’s Cup is suppose to somehow make everyone rich and get us all out of debt”
      In the very beginning the One Bermuda Alliance or Dr. Grant Gibbons say it was a cure for all of our problems. It’s a means of becoming once again recognized as a place where people can come and enjoy themselves. It will provide people, (mostly Bermudians) an opportunity but as mentioned by someone else, “if you want something then you have to go get it” Stop waiting for Government to put every damn thing in your pocket or in your mouth!

    • sswhite says:

      I knew this “they did it too” crap would pop up sooner or later…OBA or PLP. It doesn’t matter. Silly sheep willing to go to slaughter for their shepherds.

  13. Bermuda Jake says:

    If this poll represents people’s perceptions then it is good to know. Those perceptions however, do not represent the reality. The America’s Cup is already driving economic activity in Bermuda rentals and retail spending. 407 people being unaware of it doesn’t change that fact.

  14. Terry says:

    Bermuda.
    Roughly 60,000 people.
    A small town/village elsewhere.

    All you guys do is bitch and moan about everything; everything.

    If the AC was not coming (which will inject monies) Bob Richards et al would be planning for hell since the debt is so high.

    I don’t give a s*** about the 90%/10% or even 1%.

    Better to have monies coming in and helping with the whole infrastructure than empty house’s and people leaving in droves.

    Um gone.

    Shalom.

    • Mockingjay says:

      al salam alaikum.

      • hmmm says:

        You got it wrong again. Educationally challenged ?

    • jt says:

      Rum for Terry….put it on my tab.

    • Seriously says:

      And how does your theory work with the give giving away the farm? I.e. Tax breaks etc so they aren’t generating income for the country. The regular Bermudian isn’t even getting any crumbs!

      • jt says:

        Tax breaks give away nothing.

        • Seriously says:

          They don’t help us earn and isn’t that the whole point of this event? Making money to reduce the deficit? Reducing potential income doesn’t help the people as a whole, only the wealthy few that can afford anyway.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        The tax breaks give nothing away, because without the event here they still wouldn’t be collecting those taxes. This isn’t about direct government revenues, it is about direct value to the economy.

    • Sabrina says:

      Well I care about the 90%. I am part of the 90%.
      Think about your statement and then claim to care about Bermuda’s infrastructure. The fact that we are so small should be even more reason why we should try to make sure that as many people as absolutely possible benefits from the Americas Cup and anything else that may come along.
      The problem is that many people cannot see a benefit.
      People have a right to disagree. Turning negative and criticizing our own will never get us there.

      • Huh says:

        Many can’t see because they are prisoners of their own minds.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        ‘Turning negative and criticizing our own will never get us there’… Isn’t that exactly what the people who say only a few will benefit, while ignoring the constant opportunities the AC organizations are constantly advertising and presenting online and in their road shows. This is not a charitable hand out, it is an opportunity for entrepreneurs.

  15. blow in says:

    GOD IF B****ING WAS AN OLYMPIC SPORT, ALL THE GOLD MEDALS WOULD CLEAR THE NATIONAL DEBT,BLOODY SMILE AND ENJOY LIFE

  16. NT says:

    Its going to be SO satisfying after this event is over and the proof is in the numbers that this event only benefitted a few and mostly those “at the top”. The whole frigging event is a playground event for the wealthy in the first place. The man who won the last America’s Cup is worth $53 BILLION!! Of course its not reasonating with Bermudians. I suppose though that the peanut gallery currently leaving comments about a certain segment of the community using code words like “lazy” will be making up excuses, deflecting and will somehow, as usual-blame the PLP. Or maybe they will be too busy creating stupid memes about “Catherine Jenner”. They will come here and sail their little toys around the island then leave back to their elitist lives. I can’t wait for all the third world country power outages too. Belco can’t even handle the load now and with all the rich folk pouring in with their ACs blasting in June it should make for a great party for all! Lets celebrate!

    • Politricks says:

      The fact that you are rooting for failure and that if failure does occur you will be satisfied says a lot about you…

      Even the PLP has and still acknowledges the direct benefits that Bermuda will procure from this event.

      • NT says:

        I’m not rooting for failure so please miss me with that nonsense. I said it will be satisfying when all you clowns who are claiming it will benefit everyone are left with egg on your faces. You think everyone will benefit? Silly sheep and 70% of us KNOW otherwise. How embarrassing is it going to be when the power goes out every two weeks? I don’t care what the PLP think or feel you ignorant clown.

    • Make my day says:

      Why do they have to? Because you’re entitled?

  17. Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

    If we forget about how we got here today, we may be doomed to repeat that mistake. However, let’s disregard it for the moment.

    If someone wants to directly benefit from the AC, then they need to get off their duffs and work for it.

    There are a number of people already doing this. People coming up with ideas to attract the attention of those who will come to see the racing. People volunteering. Our hospitality people learning about the history, etc, so they can talk to the tourists about it to help build interest.

    Pitch in, or stop complaining. And if you don’t have any idea how to pitch in. Start by learning how to volunteer. Talk to other people you know about ideas. Show initiative. Ask questions.

    It won’t be immediate, but something will come up.

  18. Pollster says:

    Give Mr.Riley a Senate position in the Oppositions ranks!

  19. Lois Frederick says:

    Pretty certain that if a survey was done asking, does IB benefit a select few or all the whole of Bermuda, the results would be similar to those in this survey. Does it make what these people think true? No, it’s just their perception. The fact that IB is the biggest source of revenue that supports the whole of Bermuda, in some way or another, isn’t recognised by a lot of people, whether they believe it or not. Same with the AC35. The positive effects of AC35 will filter through to these people and they won’t even realise it. It will mean a busier, healthier economy and more opportunities for Bermuda and Bermudians as whole.

  20. Poppy says:

    As an Australian living working here you people got no idea how much money was generated in Perth for that the whole Country. Hundreds of millions of dollar. The city of sails Auckland made a killing everyone prospered not just the tradesmen everyone. Its the people that follow the Americas Cup the tourists the infrastructure will not support the cup here.Look out Bermuda your in for a shock of a life time.

  21. Alvin Williams says:

    Some countries have hosted the world’s great sporting affairs; World football Cup; the Olympic games and so on and just as many have not realize lasting economic benefits. There were many white Elephants that were left in it’s wake. If the OBA does not realize this great economic benefit for BermudA in the much touted America’s cup; it most certainly will pay a political price. Which means it will probably hope for and count on some type of glow in the wake of the America’s cup whereupon it will quickly call an election.