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Miami Herald: Poll shows growing support for South Florida casinos

Sunday, January 08, 2012

On the eve of the first vote, poll shows growing support for South Florida casinos

A majority of Florida voters appear to be in favor of allowing three resort casinos in Miami, according to a new statewide poll of likely voters released by Associated Industries of Florida, which is working on behalf of Genting Americas. Download FL AIF statewide memo (2)

According to the telephone survey by Public Opinion Strategies, 50 percent of the respondents said they favor and 39 percent said they opposed three destination resorts and casinos in Broward and Miami Dade counties.

The Republican polling firm best known in Florida for being former Gov. Jeb Bush’s pollster, included 800 likely voters, including 105 cell-phone only voters, and was conducted last week, Jan. 2-5 and Jan. 7.

Similar numbers were found in a December poll by the Tarrance Group working for Las Vegas Sands, with 55 percent of Floridians approved and 39 percent opposed.

When voters pushed with a more descriptive explanation, even more voters supported the provision. AIF pollsters asked:As you may know, there is a proposal to license three resorts in the Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The resorts would pay a ten percent gaming tax, as well as standard sales and hotel bed taxes. The resorts would include hotels, convention centers, restaurants, bars, and entertainment centers, as well as a casino. Having heard more about the proposal to build three destination resorts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, do you favor or oppose the proposal?

The results: 27%  STRONGLY FAVOR

The Tarrance Group asked this question of 1,000 likely registered voters throughout on Dec. 4-7, with a margin of error of+ 3.1%. They had the following results:

Would you favor or oppose the State Legislature allowing the development of a limited
  number of high quality destination resort casinos?
Region                     Interviews          Favor        Oppose         Unsure

Northwest                  N=94                52%              48%              0%

Northeast/JAX           N=110               53%             45%              2%

Central/Orange CO    N=172               53%             45%              2%

Southwest/Bay Area   N=282               57%            41%              2%

Gold Coast/Palm Beach N=99              60%            37%              3%

Southeast/Miami      N=243                62%            36%              2%

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