Florida State University President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte says casino proponents are misleading Floridians with an advertisement that makes it appear that FSU supports casinos. Proposition for Limited Casinos Inc. has purchased advertising that refers to a study done by an FSU criminology professor. The study suggests that casinos do not cause an increase in crime. "Our faculty members are free to carry out independent studies and can be compensated for their work, but those who pay them can't identify the results as representing this institution," D'Alemberte said. For the record, the university system and D'Alemberte oppose the constitutional amendment that would legalize casinos.
Most oppose gambling, polls say
The results of two polls released Thursday indicate that Florida voters are not buying the casino rhetoric that's on the air. One poll, commissioned by No Casinos, a group that opposes them, says Floridians oppose casinos 56 percent to 36 percent. Another poll, sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, found opponents leading 54 to 36 percent.