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85 per cent

Filed: Tuesday, 14th May 2013
By: Staff Writer

That's the number of West Ham United supporters the club's YouGov survey claims want to move to the Olympic Stadium.

The results of the recent survey, as commissioned by the club were revealed today - and there were few surprises.

85 per cent of the 11,858 sample size selected one of the survey's four options backing the move to Stratford, whilst only five per cent selected the only one of six possible answers to offer those taking part in the survey the option to vote against the move.

A further ten per cent selected the remaining option that stated "I would consider supporting the move to the Olympic Stadium but need more information".

The largest group - more than half of those polled, 51 per cent - checked option two of the final question in the survey which stated they were supportive of the move because "it will provide the resources to improve the squad and build the Club".

Next, at 16 per cent, was option four - "because I trust the West Ham United Directors to make the right decision to take the Club forward", whilst third on the list at 12 per cent was option one, namely "it will provide an overall better fan experience".

YouGov's Managing Director told whufc.com: "The number of respondents is six times larger than typical survey sizes used for a robust research analysis. The immense turnout means the survey results provide a highly accurate reflection of the views of all core spectator groups including season ticket holders, Academy members and match day attendees."

However the survey - and its results - were not welcomed by all.

Peter Caton, whose campaign group WHU's View? ran an independent poll last year that resulted in the vast majority of voters rejecting the move to Stratford said: "This is not the objective poll we hoped for.

"It is an exercise in sales and marketing, dressed up as a questionnaire, which was preceded by the club wheeling out a succession of past players to endorse the move.

"Sadly neither is it a questionnaire that will provide much useful information to the club which would help take account of supporters' wishes. It was clearly designed to elicit the answers the club wants - a rubber stamping exercise."

KUMB.com have previously held five seperate polls over the course of the last two years to guage the opinion of supporters with regards to the move. None of those polls resulted in more than 65 per cent of voters backing the move.

Previous KUMB Polls

Do you support the plans by WHUFC's Board of Directors to move the Club to the Olympic Stadium?
(September 2012)

Yes 65%; No 21%; Undecided 13%

Do you support the Board's plans to move WHUFC to the Olympic Stadium post-this summer's games?
(February 2012)

Yes 21%; No 61%; Undecided 17%

Do you support the Board's plans to move WHUFC to the Olympic Stadium post-2012 games?
(January 2011)

Yes 57%; No 32%; Undecided 11%

Do you support the proposed move to an Olympic Stadium with a running track, post-2012 games?
(May 2010)

Yes 18%; No 72%; Undecided 10%

Do you support David Sullivan's plans to move WHUFC to the Olympic Stadium?
(January 2010)

Yes 54%; No 21%; Undecided 25%

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