Support for casino gambling dropping, poll says

BOSTON (WWLP) – A new poll is showing a dramatic shift in how Massachusetts residents view casino gambling.

A new Suffolk University-Boston Herald Poll released Monday found that 47% of Massachusetts voters said they oppose having casinos in the state, compared with 37% of voters who approved and 15% that were undecided.

This marks a big change from the same poll taken just a few months ago. Suffolk’s February survey found 51% of Massachusetts voters backing casinos, with only 37% opposed.

Though casino gambling has been legalized in Massachusetts, none have yet been built, and public opinion on the issue may ultimately decide whether casinos happen here or not. The Supreme Judicial Court is expected to rule this summer on whether to allow a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino gaming law.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is continuing with their work regulating the emerging industry, and is expected to make a decision Friday on whether or not to issue western Massachusetts’ sole casino license to MGM Springfield.

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