70 Percent Oppose NJ Casino Expansion: Survey - NBC New York

70 Percent Oppose NJ Casino Expansion: Survey

Opposition has increased since June, as backers dropped their ad campaign

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    About 70 percent of New Jersey voters oppose casino expansion in the state, an overwhelming margin that has increased since the initiative's backers dropped their ad campaign.

    Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind survey found opposition to the ballot measure has risen 12 points since June. Only 24 percent of voters said they support the expansion in the new survey released Monday, down from 35 percent this summer. 

    The group backing the proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling to northern New Jersey said Sept. 22 it was dropping its paid advertising, with polls showing overwhelming opposition.

    Our Turn NJ, backed by real estate executives (and proposed casino developers) Paul Fireman and Jeffrey Gural, said at the time its position was "untenable."

    Both the campaign's Twitter account and its Facebook page have gone silent over the last week. 

    The Fairleigh Dickinson phone survey of 848 registered voters was conducted Oct. 12-16 and has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points. 

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