Florida Gets Little Support For Expanded Gambling

In Florida, a new No Casinos poll in the Florida lobby group has reported that some 84% of the southern state’s population wants to reduce casino gambling or maintain the status quo while around 60% of respondents stated that they would be less likely to vote for a candidate. which supports casino expansion.

The results of the investigation come as legislators in the Florida State Senate are considering a proposed measure that would expand gambling and renegotiate the state’s stalled compact with casino-operating Seminole Tribe Of Florida. Known as Senate Bill 8, the law will license a pair of new casino-only slots for Miami-Dade County and Broward County while allowing existing gambling facilities in the two counties to offer up to 25 blackjack tables.

In addition, a proposed law from Florida State Senator Bill Galvano will allow slots to be licensed at facilities in eight counties from January while reducing state-wide tax rates on machines by 10% to 25%. It will also allow all parimutuel card rooms in Florida to run “player-tilt” games such as poker and set aside up to $ 20 million per year to support the horse racing industry by supplementing live bag pool races.

However, there is a Casino In Florida poll, conducted by Jacksonville-based Mason-Dixon Polls And Research Incorporated from February 24 to 28 and involved a survey of about 624 voters who registered by telephone, reportedly finding that only 8% of Floridians felt that there were not. enough casinos in the country while 46% view current offerings as adequate.

“Tallahassee politicians need to get the message that only 8% of Florida voters want expanded gambling and 84% want to be left alone or reduced,” said a statement from John Sowinski, President of No Casinos in Florida. “It’s time to stop listening to the gambling lobbyists and listen to people.”

No Casinos In Florida the poll moreover reportedly found that anti-expansion sentiment was strongest in central Florida with some 92% of respondents stating that they are either against gambling more or favor keeping things their way. This was followed by people in the north of the country at 87% while the figure in the south-west came in at 84%. South-eastern Florida was found to be the most supportive of expanded gambling with 11% of those surveyed in the Miami-centered area expressing their opinion that current casualties were insufficient followed by the Tampa area at 10%.

“Most Floridians do not want their elected officials to expand gambling because they know that more gambling hurts the quality of life for them and their families,” read a statement from Sowinski. “The elected officials must learn from, not only good public policy, smart politics to resist the expansion of gambling in Florida.”

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