Neil Vigdor and Ken Dixon
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The poll repudiates a plan by Democratic lawmakers and the two Indian casinos to build as many as three new gambling centers.
While most voters surveyed approve current legal gambling by 62 to 29 percent, they oppose the expansion of casinos by a whopping 75 to 20 percent. Respondents opposed the construction of smaller casinos near Massachusetts and New York state by 59 to 36 percent.
However, voters ages 18 to 34 support that plan by 54 to 46 percent.
The casino-expansion findings are a "benchmark" for lawmakers to consider, Schwartz said.
"It's where the voters stand right now on the issue, but it could change as proponents of casino expansion make their case we'll see whether they'll be able to sway voters to their side."
On Tuesday, Democrats and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes announced a legislative proposal to first build a casino north of Hartford to compete with the late-2017 opening of the MGM casino in Springfield, Mass., then possibly build other casinos near Bridgeport and Danbury.