Over the summer, media reports indicated Wal-Mart was planning to open a Walmart Neighborhood Market, a grocery store, in Somerville's Assembly Square.
Of the votes received in the poll as of Wednesday morning, 53 percent (455 votes) were against Wal-Mart opening a grocery store in Somerville. About 41 percent (353 votes) were in favor of the retail-giant coming to town, and about 5 percent (45 votes) weren't sure.
The comments about Wal-Mart were mixed. One commenter said, "In an economy like this we should not turn this store away … Everyone wants to get good quality name brand food for a lower price."
Another respondent said, "Somerville needs an alternative to Wal-Mart. Fresh food, locally owned if not locally grown, staffed by local people, contributing to the local economy."
Some people didn't like the wording of the poll itself. One commenter said, "[Y]our 'Poll' is a perfect example of bias. By giving 'no' voters no choice [other] than 'over my dead body,' you characterize 'no' voters as fanatics. You're not kidding this is not a scientific poll!"