Poll shows support for Healthy Living Campus

The Beach Cities Health District has found support for its proposed Healthy Living Campus, after four years of largely negative public reaction.

A district-commissioned poll of 600 registered voters in the three beach cities, conducted Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, showed 61 percent in favor, or somewhat in favor, of the Healthy Living project and, and 21 percent opposed or somewhat opposed. 

Unsure were 19 percent.

The $43,750 poll was conducted by FM3 (Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates), based in Los Angeles. The results were reported last Friday by Adam Sonenshein, FM3 vice president, during a half-day, BCHD planning meeting. 

Sonensheim noted “broad favorability” in sub-groups; those living closer to, as well as farther away from the former site of South Bay Hospital. 

In a follow-up segment of the polling phone call, after more information was relayed to the subject on the line, the margin increased to 71 percent

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