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Siena poll: Ballot wording affects casino support among voters

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— A Siena Research Institute poll released today indicates the ballot wording of the casino referendum this November is affecting support for the measure.

By a 49-45 percent margin (up from 46-46 percent last month), voters say they would support a constitutional amendment to allow non-Indian, Las Vegas

-style casinos in New York, according to a press release from Siena. But when read the wording that will appear on the ballot, support for the amendment increases to 56-40 percent (from 55-42 percent last month).

“It’s clear the wording of the casino amendment that voters will see on their ballots is influential in moving voters to support the amendment, particularly Democrats and New York City voters,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in the release. “The amendment as worded has the support of 56 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents, and is supported by 54 percent of upstaters, 56 percent of New York City voters and 57 percent of downstate suburbanites.”



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