Poll Finds Illinoisans Don't Support Expanding Gambling

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An opinion poll finds that most Illinoisans don't want more casinos to help increase state revenues and many are indifferent about the existing gambling venues.

The Copley News Service poll asked 625 registered voters whether they supported increasing the number of casinos or gambling positions at existing riverboats to pump more money into the state.

About half of the respondents opposed the increase, and about half also opposed legalizing video poker or placing slot machines at horse-racing tracks to increase state revenues.

Sixteen percent of those asked said legalized gambling had a positive effect on the quality of life. About 39 percent said it was negative, 38 percent believed it had no effect and seven percent weren't sure.

The survey was conducted March 8 through March 10 and had an error margin of four percentage points.