Poll: Most voters down on expanding gambling – Florida Politics

Poll: Most voters down on expanding gambling

The vast majority of Florida voters — 84 percent“want to reduce or hold the line on gambling” and 60 percent also “are less likely to support a candidate … that votes to expand gambling,” a new poll released Monday shows.

The latest Mason-Dixon poll included questions on gambling, according to a news release from No Casinos, Florida’s anti-gambling expansion group.

The anti-expansion “feeling among Floridians carries across all regions of the state: North Florida (87 percent), Central Florida (92 percent), Tampa Bay (81 percent), Southwest Florida (84 percent), Southeast Florida (78 percent),” the release said.

“Tallahassee politicians need to get the message that only 8 percent of Florida voters want gambling expanded, and 84 percent want it left alone or reduced,” said John Sowinski, president of No Casinos. “It’s time to stop listening to gambling lobbyists and listen to the people.”

In addition, he said most “Floridians don’t want their elected officials to expand gambling, because they know that more gambling hurts the quality of life for them and their families.”

The poll was conducted from Feb. 24-28. It had a sample of 625 registered Florida voters, and the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.




Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.


  1. Suprise, Suprise! A weighted poll by a politically motivated group… 625 people sampled?! Come on man, that doesn’t correctly represent a state as large and diverse as Florida. Here’s a better idea for No Casinos and our legislators, if you can’t expand gambling to where it’s available to ALL Floridians… BAN IT ALL!!! No casinos for South Florida or the Seminoles and get rid of the Florida Lottery… otherwise you’re a bunch of hypocrites.

  2. The lying/lopsided pollsters are at it again. No one polled ME. Build the casinos and let the people decide if they want to participate or not. Just because there is a bar on every corner doesn’t mean they are over run with customers!!

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