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According to a new nationwide poll by Mark Mellman and Glen Bolger that most American approved casino

Voters across the political spectrum – by a 2-1 margin – are viewing casino gaming favorably, according to a new nationwide poll conducted by pollsters Mark Mellman and Glen Bolger, and the majority recognizes that casino gaming creates jobs, strengthens local businesses and benefits communities.

Americans view casinos as they would any other business in their communities, according to a nationwide survey conducted on behalf of the American Gaming Association.

The results, in which public acceptance of gaming reached 57 percent, will be released today.

Leaders of the Washington, D.C.-based trade organization and lobbying group are expected to use findings from the survey to help guide a planned public awareness campaign for the industry.

The findings come as many state policymakers begin to re-examine punitive gaming taxes, inefficient regulations and other threats to casinos in an increasingly competitive environment. The results also come at the same time the American Gaming Association is releasing the latest gross gaming revenue numbers in New York, which increased from $1.8 billion in 2012 to $1.9 billion last year. That figure places New York seventh among the 23 states with commercial casinos. In New York City, revenues grew from $1.21 billion in 2012 to $1.34 billion in 2013.

He Mellman Group conducted the nationwide survey with Public Opinion Strategy, which is co-owned by Glen Bolger.

This was the first time either group conducted the Survey of Americans’ Attitude Toward Legalized Gaming for the AGA.

Bolger, who reviewed previous polling results, said those surveyed believe gaming brings “tangible economic benefits” to their communities.

He said the survey found that casinos customers “look like middle America.” Nearly two out of every three casino visitors, 62 percent, were homeowners, while 70 percent considered themselves “middle class” or “upper-middle class.”

By the numbers:

87 PERCENT: poll respondents who think gambling is an acceptable activity

70 PERCENT: poll respondents who think casinos create jobs, strengthen communities and support local businesses

51 PERCENT: poll respondents who think casinos should be taxed like any other business

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