NEW POLL: Voters View Casino Gaming More Favorably Than Ever Before
Voters give policymakers permission to embrace casinos as a mainstream business.
A recent American Gaming Association study shows that voters across the political spectrum view casino gaming more favorably than ever before. The nationwide poll, conducted by respected political pollsters Mark Mellman and Glen Bolger, recognizes that casino gaming creates jobs, strengthens local businesses and benefits communities. It also squashes stereotypes of the typical casino visitor.
"Casinos have helped our state by offering a mainstream form of premier entertainment that includes not just gambling, but also several worthwhile amenities such as first-rate restaurants, shows, hotels and a menu of other options," said Wes Ehrecke, President and CEO, Iowa Gaming Association. "It's clear that the people who go to casinos are no different than most people in Iowa -- responsible, hardworking model citizens who set budgets, actively engage in their communities, and just want to have a good time."
The poll results also coincide with the American Gaming Association's release of the latest gross gaming revenue numbers in Iowa, which decreased from $1.47 billion in 2012 to $1.42 billion last year. That figure places Iowa tenth among the 23 states with commercial casinos.
This report shows that the public's view on gaming has changed, and old stereotypes just don't fit anymore. For more information, read the report's executive summary or learn more about the AGA’s new campaign, “Get to Know Gaming,” an aggressive effort to promote the value of the gaming industry, combat outdated stereotypes and pave the way for gaming's next generation.