New Yorkers Support Walmart?

08/17/2011 12:24 PM |

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An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers supports Walmart’s efforts to open a store in New York City, a new New York Times-CBS poll has found. In response to the question, “Should Wal-Mart [sic] be allowed to open stores within New York City, or not?” 62 percent of the survey’s 1,027 respondents said “should,” while only 33 percent answered “should not.” (Five percent didn’t know!) Does this have anything to do with the fact that “nearly 70 percent of city residents characterize the economy as being bad,” as the Times reports?

The carefully worded question read in full:

Some people say Wal-mart should be allowed to open stores in New York City because it would provide jobs and its lower prices would benefit New Yorkers who would shop there. Other people [hey that's us!] are against allowing Wal-mart to open stores in New York City because its lower prices hurt small neighborhood businesses and Wal-mart doesn’t offer its workers enough in wages and benefits. What do you think? Should Wal-Mart be allowed to open stores within New York City, or not?

Walmart has been courting locals and officials behind the scenes, hoping to win support for a store in East New York or another location.

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