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Polls: Voters warm to casinos at dog, horse tracks

Voters seem to favor casinos at horse and dog tracks to increase state revenue, according to poll results obtained by the Yellow Sheet Report. Results from polls that tested 600 likely voters, conducted this month by Public Opinion Strategies and in February by Arizona Opinion, show Arizona voters solidly support such gaming.
Arizona Opinion also tested the notion in a number of legislative districts, and those who live in a district with a horse and dog track support the policy proposal by greater margins than those who do not.

The 2008 Public Opinion Strategies poll by Glen Bolger asked the following question:

“As you may know, Arizona is facing budget deficits. In general, which of the following options do you support most to eliminate the deficit…”
Raise taxes — 10 percent
Decrease spending — 43 percent
Find a new source of revenue for state government — 37 percent

The 2009 Arizona Opinion poll by Margaret Kenski included the following questions:

“In general, which of the following options do you support most to help eliminate the deficit?”
Raise taxes – 15.3 percent
Decrease spending – 33.3 percent
Find new source of revenue – 30.3 percent
Mix, other – 19.7 percent
Don’t know, refused to answer – 1.3 percent

“There is another proposal that is intended to help fix the state budget deficit rather than raising taxes or cutting important programs. Allowing casino gaming at the six existing horse and greyhound racetracks in Arizona would raise between $300 million and $500 million in tax revenue each year for the state. This money could be dedicated to closing the state’s $3 billion budget deficit, cutting taxes or providing additional funding for state programs. In general, would you say that you support or oppose allowing casino gaming at Arizona’s six existing horse and greyhound racetracks to help Arizona taxpayers solve the state budget deficit?”
Definitely support – 38.8 percent
Probably support — 24 percent
Probably oppose – 8.7 percent
Definitely oppose – 24.3 percent
Don’t know/undecided/refused to answer – 4.2 percent

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