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Poll shows strong Miami-Dade support, especially w/Hispanics, for Vegas-style casinos


About 56 percent of likely Miami-Dade County voters want Las Vegas-style “destination resorts” casinos, according to a new poll that shows solid support across party lines.

Hispanics back the concept the most: 60 percent said they would favor a proposed state constitutional amendment to allow up to three of the proposed casino resorts in South Florida.

The survey was paid for by unnamed gaming interests. The industry has released similar polls with similar results in prior years, only to see their efforts to expand gambling go bust in the Florida Legislature.

This year, however, might be different now that state House Republicans — once a bastion of opposition to expanded gambling — have shown more of a willingness to talk about the issue.

“The story here is that there's a strong level of enthusiasm among Hispanics, among Cuban Americans and even among Republicans in Miami-Dade for high-end resorts like this,” said Tom Eldon, who conducted the survey of 400 of the county’s likely voters. The survey has an error margin of 4.9 percentage points.

Even if a proposed constitutional amendment made the ballot — one has been discussed but not drafted — support doesn’t appear strong enough to pass it statewide. It takes 60 percent of the vote to enact a constitutional amendment.

Eldon’s poll showed that a medical marijuana initiative, which will be on the November ballot, garners enough support — 64 percent in Miami-Dade — but that the gaming initiative falls just short of the supermajority threshold.

Under Florida law, gambling is limited to eight Indian casinos that offer Las Vegas-style gaming — except for craps and roulette. Thirty-one pari-mutuel facilities also offer some types of gambling.

Eldon’s poll asked respondents whether they would favor an amendment that “allowed for the construction of three or less destination resort casinos limited to South Florida counties like Broward or Miami-Dade.”

The language of the poll indicates that gaming interests — led by Las Vegas Sands Resorts and Kuala Lumpur-based Genting — would sell the initiative as a way to halt the spread of gambling while allowing for just a little more of it in communities that want it.

Assuming the amendment passed, local county voters would then probably have a say in a referendum over the addition of the casino resorts.

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/19/3945963/miami-dade-poll-voters-want-vegas.html#storylink=cpy


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Ed Jenkins

The readers are tired of these nonsensical opinion surveys being published and listed as news stories when one can round up 400 people in this county to agree to any position. However the people greatly oppose these horrible illegal enterprises which attract drugs, crime and prostitution as has been seen in the revolting cities of atlantic city and las vegas.


Guessing Ed never took a statistics course... more than enough if done correctly.

Sandy Oestreich

Miami-Dade and esp. Hialeah City voters, male and female alike--URGENT! Immediate Alert!

This is The TWELFTH YEAR (12 YEARS of no House hearings on a no-cost bill that 88% of you surveyed stated you WANT badly.)

What term-limited FL House Representative stone-walls constituents' phone calls, appointments, and his own Local and Federal Affairs Committee's demands to Hold a simple, open honest HEARING of the Equal Rights Amendment which makes most sex discrimination A VIOLATION OF THE US CONSTITUTION. Passed over at work? Stalked, groped, raped, murdered at home, at college, in the military--esp. our young women but all of us at risk. Nothing Else Works now to protect YOU, you or any of us, male or female! This Chair could offer a Hearing to vote to Fix This. His silence is deafening.

What if that same former Representative wants very much to run for Hialeah City Council once he's out of office?

Would you vote or him? IF you want to join all other 35 states in this country so that ALL are freed from sex discrimination, why not TELL HIM right now that YOU WANT A HEARING on the desperately needed protection by the ERA bill?! Vote it UP or DOWN, but allow a VOTE asap!

THIS is the crucial time to tell him to "Stop stonewalling his committee and his constituents." He is wilfully ignoring YOUR own basic needs by stonewalling the will of the people, YOURS, his committee's,Florida's and All America's by denying Constitutional Free Expression of an important Hearing of the ERA bill.

He is raising the issue of lack of US and Florida Constitutional Due Process.

Any of you want to vote to put this Chair in yet another public office?
Anyone can phone him in his home District starting now thru next week: 305 364-3066.

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