The debate on 2011 casino law is heating up day-by-day but the polls are unable to find what Massachusetts really think about the gaming law.
While some recent polls have shown a fall in support for casinos in the state, a new poll conducted by Boston Globe has found that the residents would not revoke the law allowing casino gaming here.
According to the Boston Globe poll, while 52% of voters were found supporting the 2011 casino law, 41% of the participants say they would back a repeal.
These findings are sharply in contrast with the poll results, released earlier this month, conducted by the Boston Herald-Suffolk University. The poll showed only 37 percent of voters backing casinos in Massachusetts.
There was huge difference in both the polls as far as the questions that were put forward the participants are concerned. While the Boston Globe poll asked respondents whether they would vote to repeal the law allowing up to three casinos in the state, the Herald-Suffolk poll asked whether those surveyed supported the idea of casinos in Massachusetts.
If the Boston Globe poll results are taken into consideration, residents specifically in western Massachusetts have a different perspective. One of the native of the region, Louise Lombardi said, “We can drive an hour away if we want to go and gamble and have a good time. Casinos are fun! But I don’t think it belongs in the city of Springfield. Just a little too close.”
As the poll results are not delivering a similar verdict each time, what way the residents of Massachusetts will go during the voting, on the casino issue this November, is still unpredictable.
What is 2011 Casino Gaming Law?
- Governor Deval Patrick signed the Expanded Gaming Act into law on November 22, 2011.
- Through the establishment of new gaming facilities, the act aims at creating new jobs, generating new revenue for the Commonwealth, and contribute to the economic growth of the local economy.
- The Expanded Gaming Act protects communities from all potential social and economic impacts by a transparent and competitive bidding process of gaming licenses.
- The Gaming Act allows for up to three destination resort casinos located in three geographically diverse regions across the state and single slots facility competitively awarded for one location statewide. The legislation divides the state into three regions to include: