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Polls Have Conflicting Results on Proposed Fla. Casinos

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 10:58 AM

By Andra Varin


A new poll shows voters in Miami-Dade County’s most conservative state Senate district back bringing casinos to South Florida, but another survey shows support is much weaker statewide.

A Genting Resorts poll of 400 likely voters in Miami-Dade’s state Senate District 38 found 60 percent support “changing the law to allow three destination resorts and casinos to be built in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties,” The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
 
Another 35 percent were opposed. The poll was conducted Oct. 8-12.

But a statewide poll of 722 likely voters conducted Sept. 22-26 for the Disney-backed group No Casinos asked voters whether Florida had too much legalized gambling.
 
It found that found that 47 percent believe Florida should "keep things as they are," while 30 percent believe there is too much gambling and 20 percent believe there is too little.
 
“Polls usually reflect what the person who ran the poll is interested in,” Alex Villalobos, the former Miami state senator who represented Senate District 38 for 18 years, told the Herald.

Florida legislators are expected to be hit by a wave of dueling data as they take up a bill to authorize casino gambling.

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