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Poll: New Yorkers want Walmart


New York -- Local politicians and local New Yorkers differ in their views on Walmart.

Fifty-five percent of New York City residents want elected officials to let Walmart open a store within the five boroughs, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University.

The results are similar to a poll conducted by the university four years ago, when the retailer made a failed push to open in Brooklyn.

Walmart has come under heavy opposition in New York City from organized labor and politicians, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who contend the chain would hurt local businesses and does not pay workers enough.

In the new poll, 67% of households making less than $30,000 a year wanted a Walmart, while 49% of residents earning more than $100,000 did, too.

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