Poll Finds Public Support Still Strong For Casinos In Massachusetts
A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of people in Massachusetts in favor of casino gambling in the state, but most do not want to live near a casino.
Three out of five adults in Massachusetts support having casinos in the state, but just 42 percent say they would want one in their city or town, according to a poll by Western New England University. Polling Institute Director Tim Vercellotti said the latest findings are consistent with polls taken before the legislature legalized casino gambling in 2011.
Vercellotti said recent votes against casino projects in Palmer and East Boston are not a leading indicator of a shift in public opinion on casino gambling. Casino opponents hope to put a question on the 2014 ballot to repeal the state’s casino law.