A majority of New Jersey residents oppose expanding legalized gambling in the State beyond the borders of Atlantic City, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson Public Mind Poll released this morning. 50 percent oppose casinos outside of AC. 42 percent favor expanding gambling venues in New Jersey.
Men favor casinos elsewhere in the State by a small margin, 48-46, while women are opposed , 53-36. Young adults aged 18-34 are in favor of gambling venues outside of AC, 52-38. Those aged 35-50 are opposed, 53-41 and those over 60 are opposed by a 56-36 margin.
Of the 819 respondents, those who have been to Atlantic City within the last 12 months are most likely to favor casinos elsewhere in New Jersey, by a 52-35 margin. Those who have been to casinos elsewhere but not in AC favor new gaming halls in New Jersey by a much narrower margin, 47-45. Those who have not been to a casino in the last 12 month are opposed to expanding gambling in NJ by 45-40.
When asked if they favored expanding to the Meadowlands or Monmouth Park in Oceanport, the Meadowlands was favored. Respondents favored opening casinos in the Meadowlands by a 47-45 margin. They opposed casino gambling at Monmouth Park by narrow 44-43 margin.
The margin of error of the poll is +/- 3.4%