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No matter how the cards are cut, Delaware voters are not enthusiastic about expanding legalized gambling. According to the most recent survey results from Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, a majority (54%) disapproves of expanding gambling in Delaware to more locations and activities, while 37% say they favor it. Just 8% are unsure.

Both Democrats (51%-40%) and Republicans (58%-35%) oppose more legal gambling. And while self-described conservatives oppose it by a two-to-one margin (62%-32%), moderates (50%-41%) and liberals (48%-43%) also don't favor it.

Men split on the question (45%-45%) while women oppose it by two-to-one (62%-30%).  And both those who approve of Governor Minner's job performance (57%-38%) and those who disapprove of her performance (50%-41%) agree they don't want an expansion of legalized gambling.

“The gaming lobbyists may still have their work ahead of them in Delaware,” said Peter J. Woolley, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and director of the poll. “But because gambling is a source of revenue for states, there is keen competition among states to provide even more gambling activities. That competition is fanned by private interests and often supported by voters and officials who prefer gambling revenues to higher taxes.” said Woolley.

The PublicMind poll of 700 randomly selected registered voters statewide in Delaware was conducted by telephone from October 3 through October 9 and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.


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