Poll shows support for the casino law in Mass.

52% would vote to keep law in place

Artistic rendering of the proposed MGM Springfield casino.

BOSTON (WWLP) – While some recent polls have shown a decline in support for casinos in Massachusetts, a new Boston Globe poll suggests state residents would not repeal the law allowing casino gaming.

The poll found 52% of voters would support keeping the 2011 casino law in place, while 41% of voters say they would back a repeal.

Those results contrast sharply with a Boston Herald-Suffolk University poll released earlier this month that showed only 37% of voters backing casinos in Massachusetts.

The vast difference in the polls may have to do with how they are worded. The Globe poll asked respondents whether they would vote to repeal the law allowing up to three casinos in the state, while the Herald-Suffolk poll asked whether those surveyed supported the idea of casinos in Massachusetts.

When it comes to residents specifically in western Massachusetts, many have a different perspective. Louise Lombardi of Agawam told 22News, “We can drive an hour away if we want to go and gamble and have a good time. Casinos are fun! But I don’t think it belongs in the city of Springfield. Just a little too close.”

It remains unclear whether Massachusetts residents will be voting on the casino issue this November. While casino opponents have submitted more than the required number of signatures to get the issue on the ballot, the Supreme Judicial Court still must decide whether to allow such a question. That is because Attorney General Martha Coakley had refused to certify the question; claiming that if passed, it would bring about an unconstitutional taking of property.

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