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New Poll Suggests Massachusetts Residents Disapprove Of Casinos In State

As gambling regulators move closer to awarding the state's first resort casino license, a new poll suggests that many residents still have doubts about whether Massachusetts should host casino gambling at all.

A Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll released Monday finds 47 percent of likely voters disapprove of casinos in the state, while 37 percent approve. The survey of 800 residents was taken last week and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday is scheduled to begin a series of meetings leading up to a Friday vote on whether to award MGM Resorts International a license for its proposed $800 million casino in Springfield.

The state's highest court is deciding whether to allow a question calling for repeal of the state's casino law on the November ballot.