Posted: April 25, 2022, 1:57 a.m.
Last update: April 25, 2022, 01:57 a.m.
A poll released Monday by a New York college found the state’s plan to allow three casinos in or around New York City had modest support from voters.
The Siena College Research Institute reported that 46% of registered voters polled last week approved of the plan, compared with 35% who opposed it. Another 13% said they had mixed opinions about downstate casinos, while 6% had no opinion.
The institute interviewed 806 registered voters from Monday to Thursday. The margin of error is 3.9%.
Unsurprisingly, the strongest support for casinos is in the New York area. Half of those polled support the state’s decision, while 28% did not. In the suburbs, respondents back him by a 49-36 margin.
The New York Legislature and the Hochul administration agreed to include the three downstate casino licenses in the budget lawmakers approved earlier this month. By doing so, they sped up the licensing process by a year.
Proponents say the move will help the New York-area hospitality and construction industries rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state plans to launch a solicitation for the casino licenses in July and could get $500 million or more for each license. When New York grants these licenses, there will be seven fully commercially licensed casinos in the state.
Men, Dems Strongest Downstate Casino Supporters
The Siena poll found that more Democrats than Republicans or independents supported the plan. Additionally, more men supported casinos than women.
A majority of Democrats, 52% to be exact, support downstate casinos, with just 31% against them. For Republicans, it’s 41-35 in favor of supporting casinos, while Independents are mixed at 39% in favor and 40% in opposition.
Looking across the political spectrum, those who identify as liberals support downstate casinos by a 49-32 margin, and moderates are similar, with their support at 50-31. The Conservatives are slightly against the plan, at 39-41, but these right-wingers also have the highest level of mixed feelings, at 17%.
The men back the casinos by a 54-33 margin, but the women are mixed. They back the measure, but only by a 39-37 margin.
Support for upstate casinos also tilts more in favor of New York’s minority communities and younger residents. Black voters back the casinos by a 2-1, 56-28 margin, while Latinos approve of the plan with 52% support.
Among the age groups, the 18-34 year olds are the only ones with majority support. People in the age group favor new casinos with a margin of 54-25. Adults aged 35 to 54 give it 47% support, 33% opposing it. Older New Yorkers are slightly opposed, at 40-42.
Buffalo Bills stadium deal universally scrutinized
While the upstate New York casino receives mostly support notes, voters won’t say the same about the plan to invest $600 million in a new $1.4 billion stadium for Buffalo Bills.
Governor Kathy Hochul said more than $400 million from the state would be paid using funds the state received from the settlement with the Seneca Indian Nation over a long-running legal dispute. involving gambling pact payments.
Seneca leaders disbursed the funds last month, but only did so when the state decided to freeze the tribal accounts. It’s a move that has infuriated Seneca president Matthew Pagels and could make negotiations for a new pact controversial.
The Siena poll found that only 24% approve of the state’s plan to cover 42% of project costs. Pollster Steven Greenberg said New York voters are “uniting” in their disapproval.
It is opposed by at least 55% of every demographic group,” said Greenberg. “Interestingly, the upstaters are even less supportive than the downstaters of the stadium deal.”
Even Western New York, home base of the NFL Bills, scoffed at the deal. Greenberg said Casino.org Monday. In the 13 westernmost counties in the state, 65% oppose the state contribution, compared to 31% who support it.