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Slim majority for casino question when asked in favorable light

The extremely positive wording of a constitutional amendment allowing non-indian live-table casinos in New York results in increased support for the amendment, according to the results of a poll released today.

New Yorkers are split on the question of allowing seven casinos into the state, but when the issue is raised with the wording that will be used on the ballot this year, which says casinos will lead to jobs, money for education and property tax relief, a slim majority of voters approve the issue. According to a poll from the Siena Research Institute, 55 percent of voters would approve the amendment and 42 percent would vote against the amendment.

The complete results are available below.

“Clearly, the wording on the ballot for the casino amendment matters," said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg in a statement. "When voters are asked a generic casino gambling amendment question they are evenly divided, with New York City voters opposed and downstate suburban voters and upstaters mildly supportive."

"However, when voters were provided the specific wording they will see on the ballot, a majority of voters from every region and from every party say ‘yes,’ they would approve the casino amendment," Greenberg added.

The rosy language of the amendment, which was drafted by the state Board of Elections with input from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, has been heavily criticized by good government groups.

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Siena Poll Sept. 30, 2013

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