No Gambling At Home
Special Report - March 15, 2010
A new national study released March 11 found that a majority of Americans continue to see gambling in a negative light and oppose efforts to expand its legalization. The study by Farleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll asked Americans a variety of questions related to casinos, gambling, betting online, and betting on sports. The major findings include:
- 46 percent of Americans think “casinos have a negative effect on the local community,” while 38 percent think casinos have a positive effect on the local community.
- 54 percent of Americans oppose efforts to bring “any form of gambling facility to their own town.”
- 67 percent of Americans oppose the legalization of Internet gambling.
- 53 percent of Americans oppose the legalization of sports betting in all states.
Still, 65 percent of those asked had a favorable opinion of Las Vegas, compared to only 22 percent with an unfavorable opinion of the nation’s premier gambling city. According to Donald Hoover, a professor in FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and a former casino executive, “Citizens may like the jobs and tax revenue from gaming, but they don’t necessarily want it in their backyards.”
This newest study comes less than a month after a North Carolina poll found that 56 percent of North Carolinians would oppose efforts to legalize video poker in the state. You can read our previous story about that study, and a recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals upholding the state’s current prohibition on video poker, here.
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