Poll: Casino gambling in Florida remains divisive issue; 50% support, 43% oppose

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The concept of allowing casinos to be built in areas that already have gaming continues to be a highly-polarizing topic, according to a new independent poll conducted by Florida Opinion Research.

Overall, 50% of voters supported the idea, while 43% opposed it and 7% were unsure. “However, sub-group analysis tells a very different story, which illustrates the many political cross-currents,” writes pollster Paul Fallon.

The idea was supported by a majority of men (56% to 39%), but opposed by a plurality of women (44% to 47%). Similarly, it was supported by a majority of 18-to-29 year olds (59% to 31%), but opposed by a plurality of senior citizens 60 years of age or older (44% to 47%). Results by political party paint another picture of how treacherous the topic may be, as it was supported by a majority of independents and voters of other minor parties or those who are unaffiliated (57% to 36%), and plurality of Democrats (48% to 42%), but Republicans were divided about it (48% to 48%). Moreover, a majority of white voters supported it (53% to 40%), while Hispanic/Latino voters were split (48% to 48%), and it was opposed by a majority of African-Americans (35% to 55%).

“This data seems to presage the great difficulty that might be encountered in building a consensus about the idea,” writes Fallon.

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.