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Poll: Floridians split on Indian casinos



A new poll paid for the parimutuel industry shows Floridians are divided on whether it's a good idea to allow casino gambling on Seminole Indian Tribe reservations.

The poll of 800 voters says 44 percent disapprove of Gov. Charlie Crist entering into a compact to allow slot machines at existing tribal gambling dens and 42 percent in favor, with 14 percent undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 3.5-percentage points, and was taken Aug. 16-20.

The Mason-Dixon survey was sponsored by a group of tracks that call themselves the Florida Fair Deal Alliance, and who may view the slot machines on tribal lands as out-and-out competition. (When voters were asked to agree with a series of gambling-related statements, the most popular one was that parimutuels "should have the same opportunities" as the Seminole Tribe, at 32 percent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:00pm]


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