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Casino ballot language may influence vote

A poll finds that the positive wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York is continuing to influence voters.

The Siena College poll finds that rosy wording of a ballot amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York could influence its outcome.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent
When survey respondents were asked in a neutral manner whether they supported the idea, 49% said yes. But, when read a description of the actual amendment language, which says the casinos will bring jobs, lower taxes, and provide money for schools, 56% were likely to support it, says Siena’s Steve Greenberg.
 
“Clearly the language of the amendment makes a difference in how voters vote on this issue,” Greenberg said.
 
But Greenberg says the poll also finds that opponents are much more strongly invested in going out to vote no for the amendment than supporters are in voting yes. Most backers say they would not be very upset if the gambling expansion amendment ultimately failed.  

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