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Poll result: Majority of Richmond News readers don't support supervised consumption site

More than 16,000 Richmond News reader voted in the online poll.
A crowd at Richmond city council during a motion to look into a safe consumption site in Richmond.

More than 90 per cent of Richmond News readers who answered a poll said they're not in support of a safe drug consumption site in Richmond.

The News polled 16,446 readers -- 5,228 were local voters within the Lower Mainland -- and asked the question: "Do you support a safe-consumption site in Richmond?"

The poll was created in response to a constant back-and-forth between protesters and activists on whether there should be a practicality study on establishing a supervised consumption site in Richmond.

Protests and rallies began on Feb. 12 when hundreds of people showed up at Richmond City Hall to voice their opinions for and against the idea of a supervised consumption site.

The majority of Richmond city council concluded with a 7-2 vote on Feb. 13 asking Vancouver Coastal Health to explore whether a site would be feasible at Richmond Hospital.

Of the 5,228 local readers who voted in the online poll, 91.28 per cent said they would not support the idea of a safe consumption site while 6.18 per cent would support it.

Meanwhile, 1.28 per cent of voters were still unsure and wanted more information.

The poll ran from Feb. 9 to 20.

The full results are as follows:

Yes, we need to stop drug deaths. 6.18% local, 6.48% total    
No, it will add to crime and disorder in Richmond. 91.28% local, 91.84% total    
Not sure, I need more information. 1.28% local, 1.55% total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Richmond News readers that are located in Richmond. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 0.74%, 19 times out of 20.

Richmond News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

-with files from Maria Rantanen

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