A Push Poll and Offers of Fried Chicken Come Ahead of a Zoning Board Vote on Royal Farms’ Hamilton Store

The texts started popping up earlier this week on the phones of people who live near the northeast Baltimore spot where a decade-long war has been waged over a proposed Royal Farms gas station and convenience store.

“Hey, it’s Andy Pierre from Westfield and Harford Rd. Have you heard that they are still trying to build a Royal Farms gas station on the empty lot across from the library?” the text begins, providing a link to a survey to give feedback to “decision-makers.”

The survey turns out to be a classic “push poll,” replete with questions designed to “push” the company’s talking points: