Florida Chamber poll: Florida evenly split on casinos, opposition more intense

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Floridians are evenly divided on gambling expansion in the state, according to a new poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, but opponents are more passionate about the issue than supporters.

When asked about increased gambling, 47 percent of likely voters say they oppose gambling expansion while 46 percent support it, writes Bill Cottrell in the Florida Current.

Tallahassee-based Cherry Communications conducted the survey of 618 voters with a margin of error of +/- 4 points.

Gambling expansion in Florida is likely to be a significant issue for the 2014 legislative session, writes Cottrell.

The Chamber believes gambling would ruin Florida’s reputation as a “family-friendly” vacation brand and opposes the idea. The Associated Industries of Florida, the other leading business alliance in the state, supports the adaptation of a “comprehensive” policy on gaming, which includes casinos.

In the poll, among the 46 percent who support gambling, 22 percent say they feel “strongly,” while 24 percent feel “somewhat” strongly.

Of the 47 percent who oppose gambling, 33 percent strongly dislike it and only 14 percent are “somewhat” opposed. The Current report notes that strong opponents are the largest single group in the poll.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.