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IS LIFE A GAMBLE?

Public Opinion Court Focus Group Results

January 20, 2007

Survey Analysis

1. Generally speaking, do you approve of legal gambling activities such as slot machines, table gaming and other types of casino gambling?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Strongly Approve  38%  19%
Somewhat Approve  50%  69%
Somewhat Disapprove  6%  13%
Strongly Disapprove  0%  0%
Refused/No Opinion  6%  0%

2. Do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of the decision to allow slot machine gambling to be legalized in Pennsylvania?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Strongly Approve  38%  25%
Somewhat Approve  50%  50%
Somewhat Disapprove  6%  25%
Strongly Disapprove  0%  0%
Refused/No Opinion  6%  0%

If APPROVE:

3. How much did the promise of reduced property taxes influence your support of legalized slot machine gambling in Pennsylvania?

  ENTRY
Strongly Influenced  13%
Somewhat Influenced  31%
Not Much of an Influence  31%
Not an Influence at All  13%
Refused/No Opinion  13%

4. IF you personally received NO reduction in your property taxes as a result of legalized gambling in Pennsylvania, would you still support the legalization of such activities?

  ENTRY
YES, Still Support  63%
NO, Would Not Support  6%
Refused/No Opinion  31%

5. Do you expect to see YOUR personal property taxes TOTALLY ELIMINATED, REDUCED CONSIDERABLY, SOMEWHAT REDUCED, NOT REDUCED AT ALL as a result of gambling having been legalized in Pennsylvania?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Totally Eliminated  6%  6%
Reduced Considerably  6%  0%
Somewhat Reduced  31%  44%
Not Reduced at all  50%  44%
Refused/No Opinion  6%  6%

6. In describing your own involvement in legal gambling activities, would you say you gamble FREQUENTLY, SOMETIMES, NOT VERY OFTEN or NEVER?

  ENTRY
Frequently  6%
Sometimes  19%
Not Very Often  63%
Never  6%
Refused/No Opinion  6%

7. How often have you visited an out-of-state casino in the past year?

  ENTRY
Zero  56%
1-5 Times  44%
6-10 Times  0%
11-15 Times  0%
16-20 Times  0%
More than 20 Times  0%
Refused/No Opinion  0%

8. Have you ever spent time at a casino or at other gambling activities instead of going to work or participating in family activities?

  ENTRY
Yes  0%
No  100%
Refused/No Opinion  0%

IF YES:

9. Would you say you elect to spend time at a casino or other gambling venue rather than go to work or participate in family activities FREQUENTLY, OCCASIONALLY or ONLY ONCE?

Frequently  N/A
Occasionally  N/A
Only Once  N/A
Refused/No Opinion  N/A

10. Have you ever lost enough money gambling that you were delayed in paying some bills or meeting other financial obligations?

  ENTRY
Yes  13%
No  75%
Refused/No Opinion  13%

If YES:

11. How ften have you lost enough money gambling that you were delayed in paying some bills or meeting other financial obligations?

  ENTRY
Frequently  0%
Occasionally  50%
Only Once  0%
Refused/No Opinion  50%

12. Do you ever rely on winning money from gambling activities to pay your personal bills?

  ENTRY
Yes, Frequently  0%
Yes, Sometimes  6%
No  88%
Refused/No Opinion  6%

13. Would you say you spend MORE, ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT, or LESS money gambling than you put aside in a savings account or for retirement purposes?

  ENTRY
More  0%
About the Same Amount  6%
Less  63%
Refused/No Opinion  31%

14. Do you expect money won while gambling to help finance your retirement?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Yes, Totally  0%  0%
Yes, Partially  0%  0%
No  100%  100%
Refused/No Opinion  0%  0%

15. Have you ever lost money gambling that might otherwise have been placed in a savings account for your children or grandchildren?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Yes, Frequently  0%  0%
Yes, Occasionally  0%  0%
No  100%  100%
Refused/No Opinion  0%  0%

16. Now that slot machine gambling has been legalized in Pennsylvania, do you expect to see an increase in crime and social problems as a result of more convenient gambling activities?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Significant Increase  0%  0%
Somewhat of an Increase  75%  56%
Somewhat of a Decrease  0%  0%
Significant Decrease  6%  0%
Refused/No Opinion  19%  44%

17. Now that slot machine gambling has been legalized in Pennsylvania, would you say that the potential economic benefits will outweigh the potential increase in crime and social problems, or will the problems outweigh the benefits?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Benefits will Outweigh Problems  50%  63%
Problems will Outweigh Benefits  19%  13%
Refused/No Opinion  31%  25%

18. Do you expect slot machine casinos in Pennsylvania to IMPROVE, have RELATIVELY LITTLE IMPACT, or HARM the communities in which they are located?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Significant Improve  0%  0%
Somewhat Improve  19%  6%
Little Impact  50%  75%
Somewhat Harm  19%  13%
Significantly Harm  6%  6%
Refused/No Opinion  6%  0%

19. Do you expect to gamble MORE OFTEN or LESS OFTEN when slot machine gambling casinos open in Pennsylvania?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Much More Often  0%  0%
Somewhat More Often  19%  0%
About the Same  63%  88%
Somewhat Less Often  6%  0%
Much Less Often  0%  6%
Never  6%  6%
Refused/No Opinion  6%  0%

20. Once slot machine gambling becomes available in Pennsylvania do you expect to shift money you currently spend on other recreational activities to cover gambling expenses?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Totally Shift  0%  0%
Partially Shift  19%  0%
Not at All  81%  100%
Refused/No Opinion  0%  0%

21. Has the performance of the PA Gaming Control Board affected your view as to whether or not slot machine gambling should be legal in Pennsylvania?

  ENTRY  EXIT
Much More Supportive  0% 0%
Somewhat More Supportive  6% 6%
Somewhat Less Supportive  25%  63%
Much Less Supportive  6%  13%
Refused/No Opinion  63%  19%

DEMOGRAPHIC QUESTIONS

1. Are you a:

MALE  25%
FEMALE  75%

2. What is your age group?

18 – 30  19%
30 – 40  19%
40 – 50  13%
50 – 65  31%
Over 65  19%

3. In what category would you place your income for the past year?

Under $20,000  13%
$20,000 - $30,000  25%
$30,000 - $50,000  13%
$50,000 - $75,000  25%
$75,000 - $100,000  19%
Over $100,000  0%
NO ANSWER  6%

4. Are you a:

REPUBLICAN  38%
DEMOCRAT  56%
INDEPENDENT  0%
NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE  0%
NO ANSWER  6%

5. Do you consider yourself to be a:

CONSERVATIVE  19%
MODERATE  63%
LIBERAL  19%

6. How would you describe your religious affiliation?

PROTESTANT  13%
CATHOLIC  50%
JEWISH  0%
CHRISTIAN  6%
MOSLEM  0%
OTHER  19%
NO RESPONSE  13%

7. What is the highest level of education you have completed?

SECONDARY EDUCATION  0%
HIGH SCHOOL  31%
POST-SECONDARY CERTIFICATE  13%
FOUR YEAR-DEGREE  38%
GRADUATE DEGREE  19%

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania