Yesterday, WBUR reported the first findings from our latest poll for them, on opiate addiction and marijuana legalization. This morning, they revealed the responses to our questions about casinos in Massachusetts. Just over half (52 percent) favor placing a question repealing the state’s casino law on the ballot this November, with 39 percent opposed. This is a solid but not overwhelming margin, especially given voters’ general preference for having a say on issues in elections. (The state Supreme Judicial Court is currently weighing whether the ballot question should be on the ballot, after Attorney General Martha Coakley had ruled it unconstitutional.)
If the question makes it before the voters, it’s not clear which way it will be decided. Just under half (49 percent) of likely voters in the November election favor having casinos in the state, while 42 percent are opposed. That margin is wider than the 3-point gap we found when we polled the same question in March. This slightly higher support comes in the face of a lack of confidence in the Gaming Commission deciding where the state’s three casinos will be sited. More than half (52 percent) have not to0 much or no confidence in the commission. But this lack of faith seem unconnected to Commission Chair Steve Crosby; very few voters know who Crosby is, and those who do are split on his performance.
The full topline and crosstabs for these questions are available on WBUR.org. Tune in for the rest of the poll, about the governor’s race, on the air tomorrow.