The survey found 56 percent of registered voters said they’re in favor of casinos “similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas,” with 37 percent opposed. Support is strong across the state: 56 percent in New York City, 58 percent in the metro area, and 54 percent upstate. Union households registered the strongest support for expanded casino gaming with 61 percent in favor. The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,016 voters between Sept. 13 and 18, holding a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
“Roll the dice. Spin the wheel. Hit me. New Yorkers of every stripe say what stays in Vegas should stay in the Empire State as well,” Maurice Carroll, director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “Casinos would be good for the economy, voters think, but they also think there’d be an increase in gambling addiction.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Administration is studying the question of expanded gaming in New York, which presently limits full-scale gaming to tribal casinos in the upstate and western portions of the state. Gov. Cuomo’s findings on gaming are expected to be released in January. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate majority leader Dean Skelos have both spoken favorably of amending the state’s Constitution to allow for commercial casinos. The amendment, a prerequisite for any such expansion, would have to pass in consecutive sessions of the legislature and then be subject to a popular vote, a process which could take three to five years to complete.