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Poll Finds Public Support Still Strong For Casinos In Massachusetts

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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.