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POLL: PG County Residents Want a Casino by a Margin of 2-to-1. 52% of Church-Goers Support It.

Rushern Baker, Ike Leggett

New polling shows support for a $1 billion dollar “Vegas-style” casino in Prince George’s County, Maryland is currently at 2 to 1.

According to a telephone poll by the group OpinionWorks, a firm also contracted to conduct polls for the Baltimore Sun, 57 percent of those asked said they support the casino plan, and 29 percent said they oppose. OpinionWorks president Steve Raabe also noted that of those in favor of the plan, 38 percent told pollsters they felt “strong support.”

The casino, which would be built on the National Harbor is likely to become a tourist destination that can make the state money although some worry about the effect legalized gambling will have on the population. Vance T. Ayres, the treasurer of the Washington, D.C. Building and Construction Trades Council, recently told the Washington Examiner:

“There is strong support for a world-class resort casino in Prince George’s County, and we believe that County Executive Baker’s proposal for National Harbor is the right concept to fulfill that vision,”

Baker is Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker who proposed the casino project. Many see it as a way for the state to bring in extra revenue while bringing more tourists to the National Harbor and its pre-existing businesses:

Baker’s gamble for a $1 billion casino at National Harbor could bring in roughly $50 million in annual tax revenue for Prince George’s — about $29 million in gambling revenue and another $20 million from local property and amusement taxes, according to estimates from his administration.

Interesting finds from the Opinionworks poll include:

-92 percent of those polled want it to be an issue of public vote, not decided by legislators.
-52 percent of those who attend church at least once a week support the plan, with 35 percent opposed.


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