New Statewide Poll on Casino Gambling Released and Distributed to Newly-Qualified Candidates
Voters more likely to oppose candidates who support more gambling
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Florida voters don’t want elected officials who represent them to support more gambling in the state, and they heavily favor a Constitutional Amendment that would require voters statewide to have the final say on whether or not a form of gambling is legal in Florida. The poll of 604 likely voters was conducted by Hill Research Consultants, and is part of a candidate pledge package being sent by NoCasinos.org to all candidates running for the Florida Legislature.
“Floridians don’t want their elected officials to legalize more gambling, and Florida voters want to have the final say on this issue through a statewide vote of the people.”
“It is good public policy and smart politics to be against the expansion of gambling in Florida,” said NoCasinos.org President John Sowinski. “Floridians don’t want their elected officials to legalize more gambling, and Florida voters want to have the final say on this issue through a statewide vote of the people.” The poll consistently showed strong bi-partisan consensus on these issues.
A copy of polling results can be accessed here. The highlights of the polling are as follows:
- 73% of Florida voters support a proposed Constitutional Amendment requiring a statewide voter initiative for authorization of any form of gambling.
Voters are overwhelmingly less like likely to vote for candidates for
office who either:
- Support expanding gambling in Florida
- Support expanding gambling without a statewide vote of the people
- Support proposals to allow slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities
- 75% disagree with the statement that more gambling will improve our quality of life.
- By a 63% to 28% margin, voters want gambling laws fixed before the legislature discusses any future expansion.
- Voters think the creation of a new regulatory agency for gambling is more likely to expand gambling industry influence than reduce it.
- Voters prefer that gambling issues be determined by statewide referenda, not local votes.
- Voters overwhelmingly oppose the legislature granting new forms of gambling to pari-mutuel facilities.