Results of Walmart Survey

 

There were 65 responses from Ward 4, of which 34 were from Takoma.

 

1.      On a scale of one to five, with 1 as totally opposed and 5 as the highest approval, please rank your overall support/opposition for the project
Ward 4:                       1. 42%   2. 12%   3. 11%   4. 18%   5. 17%   
Takoma only :             1. 26%   2. 12%   3. 15%   4. 29%   5. 18% 

 

2.       What are your reasons for supporting the project? Check any that apply:
a) I want to shop there.         

   Ward 4:  31%   Takoma only:  38%

b) We need more retail/grocery options in our neighborhood.
   Ward 4:  38%   Takoma only:  47%

c) DC needs the sales and property tax revenue.
   Ward 4:  40%   Takoma only:  50%

d) DC needs the jobs.
   Ward 4:  43%   Takoma only:  56%
e) The site needs to be developed.
   Ward 4:  42%   Takoma only:  50%
f) Other: 
   Ward 4:  8%   Takoma only:  15%

 

3.      What are your reasons for opposing the project? Check any that apply:
a) The store will generate too much traffic.
   Ward 4:  57%   Takoma only:  41%

b) The store will generate other environmental and quality-of-life problems.
   Ward 4:  38%   Takoma only:  32%
c) Competition from Walmart will force small businesses to close.
   Ward 4:  65%   Takoma only:  56%
d) I want to see the site used differently.
   Ward 4:  32%   Takoma only:  12%
e) I am concerned about Walmart’s employment and/or business practices.
   Ward 4:  60%   Takoma only:  56%
f) Other: 
   Ward 4:  11%   Takoma only:  9%

4.      Some people want Walmart to sign a binding, enforceable agreement on jobs, transportation, environmental issues, charitable contributions and more. Check any that apply:
a) I want the City to require an agreement as a condition of approving the store.
   Ward 4:  46%   Takoma only:  44%

b) I’d like an agreement, but do not think it is necessary before approving the store.
   Ward 4:  23%   Takoma only:  32%
c) I do not want the City to negotiate an agreement.
   Ward 4:  9%   Takoma only:  9%
d) Other: 
   Ward 4:  26%   Takoma only:  26%

5.      If you want an agreement, what should it include about jobs? ? Most of the following are from the group, Walmart, Respect DC. Check any that apply:
a) At least 50 percent of the store’s jobs should go to Ward 4 residents.
   Ward 4:  28%   Takoma only:  24%

b) At least 65 percent of the store’s jobs should go to DC residents.
   Ward 4:  54%   Takoma only:  56%
c) At least 65 percent of the store’s jobs should be at least 40 hours per week.
   Ward 4:  46%   Takoma only:  41%
d) The minimum wage for Walmart jobs should be $12.50 per hour.
   Ward 4:  42%   Takoma only:  41%
e) Walmart should be prohibited from practices that effectively ban union organizing.
   Ward 4:  57%   Takoma only:  53%
f) Walmart should not require that applicants state if they have a criminal record on the initial job form. (Applicants would be required to disclose their record in interviews.)
   Ward 4:  34%   Takoma only:  29%
g) Other: 
   Ward 4:  8%   Takoma only:  9%

6.      If you want an agreement, what should it include about transportation and other concerns? ? Many of the following are from the group, Walmart, Respect DC. Check any that apply:
a) Walmart should pay for all needed improvements, including the intersection at Georgia and Missouri.
   Ward 4:  65%   Takoma only:  62%

b) Walmart should provide bus service to area Metro Stations.
   Ward 4:  35%   Takoma only:  35%
c) Walmart should comply with DC’s Green Building Act, which goes into effect in 2012.
   Ward 4:  69%   Takoma only:  68%
d) Walmart should agree not to apply for the property tax exemption available to grocery stores.
   Ward 4:  46%   Takoma only:  38%
e) Walmart security officers should patrol the underground parking lot at all times. 
   Ward 4:  57%   Takoma only:  59%
f) Walmart should contribute a minimum amount of money to specific D.C. nonprofit groups.
   Ward 4:  35%   Takoma only:  29%
g) Walmart should fund advertising, investment and other programs for area small businesses.
   Ward 4:  37%   Takoma only:  29%
h) Other: 
   Ward 4:  6%   Takoma only:  6%