Updated 08/12/2011 03:19 PM
NY1 Exclusive: New Yorkers Warming Up To Walmart, Poll Finds
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Support is growing among New Yorkers for a Walmart in the five boroughs.
An exclusive NY1/Marist College poll finds 64 percent of adults in the city support the idea of Walmart coming to the city, while 31 percent would oppose it.
Five percent remain undecided.
When asked if the big-box store would make their neighborhood a better place to live, residents were mostly split.
Thirty percent said it would improve their neighborhood; 25 percent said a Walmart would make it worse; and nearly half said it would make no difference at all.
However, a super majority of New Yorkers said they would purchase goods from the store.
Nearly three quarters said they would be very likely or likely to shop, while around a fourth surveyed said not very likely or not likely at all.
"This is a fairly citywide thing, maybe Manhattan a little less-so than other boroughs, but we see a generally positive reaction to a potential Walmart in people's neighborhoods," said Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff. "People say it would be a good idea and a good place to shop. So, it's a very positive development in terms of public opinion, despite some of the controversies."
Walmart officials have been eyeing East New York for a store, but the proposal has been met with stiff opposition in the past.
Residents of the Brooklyn neighborhood seem to welcome the idea.
"It's a savings store. They have everything that you want. You can buy everything at Walmart," said one borough resident.
"It's convenient, I mean, they have a variety of things. Seems good," said another.
Of those sampled, Bronx residents were most in favor of a Walmart, while a little more than half of Manhattanites expressed support for the plan.
The poll, which sampled 808 New York City adults, was conducted on July 20th through the 27th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.