Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Lonely PARDs Club

Remember T.V. "Rerun" Reed's letter to the editor not so long ago where he characterized Wal-Mart's supporters as becoming "increasingly lonely"?

Well, once again, the facts have slapped Professor Reed in the face:

From a December 15 UPI story:

Wal-Mart viewed favorably in Pew survey

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that most U.S. residents have a favorable opinion of Wal-Mart.

"Nearly every American lives near enough a Wal-Mart to shop there, and 84 percent say they have done so in the past year," the research group said. "Praise for the retailer's low prices, wide selection and convenience flow freely, and 81 percent of those with a Wal-Mart nearby say it is a good place to shop."

Wal-Mart's favorable rating places the retail chain just below McDonald's and General Motors, and above pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Pew said.

Researchers found Wal-Mart's "most faithful shoppers are found among those with annual incomes below $30,000, more than half of whom say they shop there regularly."

The survey, conducted Dec. 7-11 by phone with 1,502 adults, comes amid a multi-million-dollar union campaign to portray the world's biggest retailer, which employees 1.6 million people, as economically hurtful to communities.

WakeUpWalMart.com has mobilized hundreds of progressive Protestants and some Roman Catholics to criticize the company. The Pew survey was not funded by Wal-Mart.
The only increasingly lonely people on the Palouse are the members of PARD, whose extremist left-wing and elitist positions become more visible with each anti-Wal-Mart column and letter to the editor that appears in the Daily News.

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