Florida Voters Back Las Vegas-Style Casinos in New Survey

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A majority of Florida voters support building casinos in areas that already have gaming, and a recent survey shows that while 50 percent support the idea compared to 43 percent opposed, the issue is polarizing voters with many political cross-currents affecting the issue.

The latest survey by Florida Opinion Research found that men support building casinos in such areas, 56 percent to 39 percent, but the idea is opposed by a plurality of women, 44 percent to 47 percent. Young people 18 to 29 years old support the idea 59 percent to 31 percent, but a plurality of senior citizens over 60 years old oppose it 44 percent to 47 percent.

Following the political party demographics shows how treacherous the topic may be: a majority of independents support siting these casinos 57 to 36 percent, and a plurality of Democrats say yes 48 to 42 percent, but Republicans are split 48 to 48 percent. The racial demographic further presages the great difficulty that might be encountered in building a consensus around the idea: a majority of white voters supported it, 53 to 40 percent, while Hispanic/Latino voters were split 48-48 percent, and it was opposed by a majority of African-Americas, 35 to 55 percent.

The wording of the question was: “Do you support or oppose allowing Las Vegas-style casinos to be opened and operated in areas of Florida that already have various forms of gaming and gambling?”  Fallon said his Florida findings were very similar to the Saint Index broader data on Americans’ opposition to construction of new casinos, click here for details The-Saint-Index-Casinos.

Paul Fallon is a public opinion researcher, political pollster and advisor for corporations, levy committees, interest groups, political candidates and public organizations. He also conducts customer, member, contributor and citizen satisfaction studies for government agencies, industry and labor groups. More details are available on www.fallonresearch.com

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