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Poll finds support for pro-gambling language in ballot amendment

A new poll finds language on a ballot amendment to portray the expansion of casino gambling in positive light is working, and gaining support among potential voters.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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A Siena College poll finds that when New Yorkers are asked whether they support an amendment to build up to seven new gambling casinos in the state, they are evenly split at 46 percent to 46 percent.
But when survey takers were read the actual language on the ballot amendment, which puts the new casinos in a positive light, 55 percent say they would vote yes, compared to 42 percent who say they would vote no. The amendment claims that the new casinos would bring jobs, generate money for education and result in lower taxes. Siena’s Steve Greenberg says the wording seems to be working.
 
“The folks who came up with that wording clearly tried to write a question to tip the balance in support of the amendment,” Greenberg said. “There is no question about that.”
 
Anti gambling groups have called the ballot language “spin,” and say the casinos will also cause more gambling addiction. So far no one, including Governor Cuomo or the legislature, has taken credit for the wording of the ballot question.

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