Floridians say voters, not politicians, should decide whether to expand gambling
A poll released last week by No Casinos, shows 72% of Florida voters are less likely to support a political candidate who votes to expand gambling without first putting the measure before voters in a statewide referendum. The poll is being sent to all legislative candidates along with a pledge statement that they will oppose the expansion of gambling in Florida.
The poll, conducted by Hill Research Consultants, surveyed Florida voters on their opinions about gambling. Among its findings, the poll found that:
“The will of the voters could not be clearer,’’ said John Sowinski, President of No Casinos. “Regardless of political party, Floridians overwhelmingly want a say in whether gambling will be expanded in our state. They understand the negative social and economic consequences. This is why the gaming industry continually tries to circumvent public opinion, hiring lobbyists and lawyers to push their agenda of more and bigger casinos in the Legislature and courts. Elected officials should take heed -- it is not only good public policy, it is also smart politics to reject expanding gambling in Florida.”
The poll was conducted from June 23– June 27, 2016. It had a sample of 670 active voters that voted in at least one election 2010–2015. Margin of error is +/- 3.8%.
Go here to view all of the 2016 No Casinos Poll Results.
No Casinos has asked candidates to sign the pledge and return it by August 5, 2016.
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