A recent survey of 400 Bermuda residents 18 years and older found that 60 percent believed gambling should be legalized.

The poll, conducted by MindMaps and The Royal Gazette, also reported 30 percent of the respondents were against legalization and 9 percent were undecided. Support for gaming legalization was strongest among 45- to 54-year-olds, 77 percent of who responded positively; and weakest among those 65 or older, 44 percent of who came out against legalization.

Gaming expansion has been a hot issue of late in Bermuda, thanks to a recently released Strategic Imperatives Report from the Tourism Board that calls for the legalization of gaming and the opening of a casino in Bermuda within two years. The government recently decided to put the controversial issue to the people in a national referendum, according to the Gazette.