Support May Not Be There for N.J. Casino Expansion Vote, Poll Finds

Originally appeared in: NJ Biz
By: Andrew George
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Just 35 percent of residents are in favor of an upcoming voter referendum to expand casino gaming in New Jersey beyond Atlantic City and into two counties in the northern half of the state, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll released Monday.

A majority 57 percent of respondents said they were opposed to the referendum, and an additional 58 percent said they were against the idea of casino expansion in the state altogether.

“PublicMind has been asking about casino expansion since 2009,” said FDU professor and Poll Director Krista Jenkins. “Support for casino expansion is about where it was in 2015. Getting people to a casino first seems to help drive support. But even among those who have dropped some chips on a table or coins into a machine, a majority are opposed to expansion beyond A.C.”

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