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.