By Duncan Mackay

West Ham United fansMay 14 - West Ham United's plan to move to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium has received the backing of a large majority of its supporters after 85 per cent of fans who took part in an independent survey said they supported the idea. 

Only five per cent of the 11,858 respondents - which covered bond and season ticket holders, academy members and matchday ticket holders - who took part in the poll carried out by SMG YouGov were against West Ham leaving their current home at Upton Park under any circumstances while 10 per cent said they would consider backing the move but required more information.

The poll published today also revealed that of those that voted in favour, more than 50 per cent said they did so because they believe the move to the Olympic Stadium, due in 2016-2017, will provide the resources to improve the squad and build the Premier League club.

West Ham survey on Olympic StadiumNearly 12,000 fans responded to the independent survey conducted by SMG YouGov poll

"I am delighted that the SMG YouGov independent poll shows that such an overwhelming majority of our fans are in favour of our plans to move to the Olympic Stadium," said Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham.

"I would like to thank each and every supporter that took the time to have their say on what is an historic and monumental decision for the cub.

"We must now engage further with the fans who've requested more information but it is fantastic to know that the consensus among our supporters is that they are behind the move.

"Now we know we have their support to advance this incredible project, we can look forward to the busy, but exciting, three years ahead working together to ensure that this world-class arena exceeds their expectations."

Olympic Stadium in West Ham modeWest Ham United fans have overwhelmingly backed the club's proposal to move to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium

West Ham were awarded the anchor tennacy of the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by the London Legacy Development Corporation in March.

A total of £160 million ($260 million/€200 million) is due to be spent converting it into a venue suitable for both football and athletics with the capacity reduced from 80,000 to 54,000.

"The impressive response of nearly 12,000 completed surveys underlines the passion West Ham United fans feel about the historic move to the Olympic Stadium," said SMG YouGov's managing director, Frank Saez.

"The number of respondents is six times larger than typical survey sizes used for a robust research analysis.

"The immense turnout means the survey results provide a highly accurate reflection of the views of all core spectator groups including season ticket holders, academy members and matchday attendees.

"West Ham United can now use the results of the survey that will follow to plan their next steps and focus on the areas that their supporters feel the most passionately about."

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