Filed: Monday, 14th May 2012
By: Staff Writer
A poll of West Ham United supporters by campaign group WHU's View? has resulted in overwhelming opposition to the club's plans to move to Stratford.
The poll, conducted by the group at the April home matches against Birmingham, Brighton and Hull saw 87 per cent vote aganst the club's plans to move to the Olympic Stadium, with just 13 per cent voting in favour.
The group, who are campaigning for a poll of supporters prior to the club committing to a move to Stratford said: "In order that supporters would have an opportunity to show their views for or against the proposed move to the Olympic Stadium, WHU’s View? carried out our own poll.
"WHU’s View? are aware of the concern of many West Ham supporters that the club’s recent comments in the media with regard to the level of support for the proposed move, have been made without full consultation and as such may misrepresent the views of the majority fans."
The figures are in stark contrast to figures suggested by David Gold on LBC recently, when he claimed that the Board's plans were supporters by 70 per cent of supporters.
The latest KUMB.com poll - conducted in February of this year - resulted in 60 per cent of supporters voting against the move to Stratford, with a further 17 per cent stating they were 'unsure'.
Just 22 per cent backed the move on that occasion.
* Download a copy of WHU's View's Poll Report here.
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by Bob P
11:25AM 18th May 2012
''@John J. No it didn't. Gold referred to all WHU fans. An audio recording of the programme is on this website in the news archive.''
by Gavin Brien
09:52AM 15th May 2012
''I just don't think anyone can truly give an honest view on this until the full details of what the specifics of the stadium will be were we to win the bidding process. Of course there is a large percentage of supporters who don't want to move from the Boleyn regardless, however people like me who have very much sat on the fence throughout the whole process and see both sides of the argument need to know how the stadium will be adapted to allow for football, and more importantly, for West Ham.
In it's current form, I would have no interest in moving to the OS but if the 'plans' which Mr Gold talks about but which cannot be made public are proven to make the stadium both viable for the club and supporters and also guarantee our financial future then it is something I want to hear more about!''
05:21PM 14th May 2012
''I remember this survey and I refused to take part as the questions were incredibly leading and filled with bias. I don't think this is reflective of all WHU fans in any way.''
by John J
03:02PM 14th May 2012
''David Gold's claim related to those fans who had been given the chance to see the club's proposal. The fans voting in your poll won't have had the opportunity to do this, so you're not comparing like with like.''
02:19PM 14th May 2012
''I remember this survey, and I refused to take part as the questions were incredibly leading and filled with bias. I don't think this is reflective of ALL WH fans in any way.''
12:47PM 14th May 2012
''I am a season ticket holder and I was not asked my view at any of these games. How many people did you poll and who? I have asked several people and not one knows about this poll.''
12:31PM 14th May 2012
''It won't matter what the supporters want. If the decision is made, and it's financially viable it's a done deal.''
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