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Poll Results Show Casino Support Dwindling

MGM-Hotel-Tower(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission holds final public hearings on MGM’s Springfield casino proposal. both sides await the ruling by the state supreme court on whether voters will have the final say on the matter,As far as I perceive, I believe they will get the license on Friday, the only hiccup of course it could go on the ballot in November, that’s an obstacle that hopefully will not happen,” says Springfield resident Vera O’Connor.

O’Connor says a casino would be a major economic boost for Springfield and the region.

But opponents like Mark Mullan disagree,”I think there are so many other ways the city of Springfield can go forward in terms of economic development than using a casino which I don’t see as an economically successful project in the future,” says Mullan.

Meanwhile the latest poll results on the casino issue in Massachusetts show a reversal of previous polls and now casino opponents are ahead in the poll 47 to 37 percent,”I was unbelievably happy, when I saw that yesterday, it’s quite a striking change , a really significant change to what’s now 47 to 37 against the casinos where before most of the polls have shown results pro casino :15

Those poll results sure got the eye of MGM officials,”It does surprise me, I don’t know the details around how that poll was done, but as you’ve seen over the last few months, the polls have bounded back and forth,” says Mike Mathis, Springfield MGM President.

So the Massachusetts Supreme Court will now decide whether to allow a referendum on the November ballot to repeal the 2011 state law which legalized gaming in the Bay State.


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