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PA STATEWIDE SURVEY RESEARCH REPORT

Overall Results

January 2007

1. GENERALLY SPEAKING, DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF LEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SLOT MACHINES, TABLE GAMING AND OTHER TYPES OF CASINO GAMBLING?

  # %
STRONGLY APPROVE  236 31
&SOMEWHAT APPROVEnbsp; 234 31
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE  57 8
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE  189 25
NOT SURE  34 5
Total  750
APPROVE  470 63
DISAPPROVE  246 33
NET APPROVE  224 30
APPROVE : DISAPPROVE  1.9:1

2. DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE DECISION TO ALLOW SLOT MACHINE GAMBLING TO BE LEGALIZED IN PENNSYLVANIA?

  # %
STRONGLY APPROVE  282 38
SOMEWHAT APPROVE  184 25
SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVE  45 6
STRONGLY DISAPPROVE  213 28
NOT SURE  25 3
Total  750  
APPROVE  467 62
DISAPPROVE  258 34
NET APPROVE  208 28
APPROVE : DISAPPROVE  1.8:1

3. HOW MUCH DID THE PROMISE OF REDUCED PROPERTY TAXES INFLUENCE YOUR SUPPORT OF LEGALIZED SLOT MACHINE GAMBLING IN PENNSYLVANIA?

  # %
STRONGLY INFLUENCED  99 21
SOMEWHAT INFLUENCED  112 24
NOT MUCH INFLUENCE  78 17
NOT AN INFLUENCE  165 35
NOT SURE  12 3
Total  467
INFLUENCED  212 45
NOT INFLUENCED  243 52
NET INFLUENCED  -31 -7
INFLUENCE : NOT INFLUENCED  1:1.1

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?

  # %
YES/STILL SUPPORT  340 73
NO/NOT SUPPORT  87 19
NOT SURE  39 8
Total  467
NET YES  254 54
YES : NO  3.9:1

5. DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES TOTALLY ELIMINATED, REDUCED CONSIDERABLY, SOMEWHAT REDUCED OR NOT REDUCED AT ALL AS A RESULT OF GAMBLING HAVING BEEN LEGALIZED IN PENNSYLVANIA?

  # %
TOTALLY ELIMINATED  22 3
REDUCED CONSIDERABLY   49 7
SOMEWHAT REDUCED  264 35
NOT REDUCED AT ALL  354 47
NOT SURE  61 8
Total  750

6. IN DESCRIBING YOUR OWN INVOLVEMENT IN LEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES, WOULD YOU SAY YOU GAMBLE FREQUENTLY, SOMETIMES, NOT VERY OFTEN OR NEVER?

  # %
FREQUENTLY  31 4
SOMETIMES  106 14
NOT VERY OFTEN  245 33
NEVER  367 49
Total  750

7. HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU VISITED AN OUT-OF-STATE CASINO IN THE PAST YEAR?

  # %
NONE  174 45
1-5 TIMES  164 43
6-10 TIMES  26 7
11-15 TIMES  13 3
16-20 TIMES  2 1
MORE THAN 20 TIMES  5 1
Total  383

8. HAVE YOU EVER SPENT TIME AT A CASINO OR AT OTHER GAMBLING ACTIVITIES INSTEAD OF GOING TO WORK OR PARTICIPATING IN FAMILY ACTIVITIES?

  # %
YES  17 5
NO  365 95
Total  383
NET YES   -348 -91
YES : NO  1:21.1

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  1 6
OCCASIONALLY  5 28
ONLY ONCE  10 55
NOT SURE  2 11
Total  17

10. HAVE YOU EVER LOST ENOUGH MONEY GAMBLING THAT YOU WERE DELAYED IN PAYING SOME BILLS OR MEETING OTHER FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS?

  # %
YES  6 2
NO  377 98
Total  383
NET YES  -371 -97
YES : NO  1:64.5

11. HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU LOST ENOUGH MONEY GAMBLING THAT YOU WERE DELAYED IN PAYING SOME BILLS OR MEETING OTHER FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS: FREQUENTLY, OCCASIONALLY OR ONLY ONCE?

  # %
FREQUENTLY  1 17
OCCASIONALLY  1 17
ONLY ONCE  4 66
Total  6

12. DO YOU EVER RELY ON WINNING MONEY FROM GAMBLING ACTIVITIES TO PAY YOUR PERSONAL BILLS?

  # %
YES - FREQUENTLY  2 1
YES - SOMETIMES  22 6
NO  359 94
Total  383

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?

  # %
MORE  4 1
ABOUT THE SAME  18 5
LESS  348 91
NOT SURE  13 4
Total  383

14. DO YOU EXPECT MONEY WON WHILE GAMBLING TO HELP FINANCE YOUR RETIREMENT?

  # %
YES - TOTALLY  4 1
YES - PARTIALLY   11 3
NO  367 98
NOT SURE  1 0
Total  383

15. HAVE YOU EVER LOST MONEY GAMBLING THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN?

  # %
YES - FREQUENTLY  2 1
YES - SOMETIMES  13 3
NO  365 95
NOT SURE  3 1
Total  383

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?

  # %
SIGNIFICANT INCREASE  220 30
SOMEWHAT OF AN INCREASE  234 32
SOMEWHAT OF A DECREASE  53 7
SIGNIFICANT DECREASE  16 2
NOT SURE  219 30
REFUSED  9
Total  750
INCREASE  454 61
DECREASE  69 9
NET INCREASE  385 52
INCREASE : DECREASE  6.6:1

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?

  # %
BENEFITS OUTWEIGH PROB.  266 36
PROBLEMS OUTWEIGH BEN.  323 43
NOT SURE  160 21
REFUSED  2
Total  750
NET PROBLEMS  57 8
PROBLEMS : BENEFITS  1.2:1

18. WILL YOU BE SHIFTING MONEY YOU NORMALLY WOULD SPEND PLAYING THE PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY TO PLAYING SLOT MACHINES?

  # %
YES - ALL  3 0
YES - SOME  21 3
NO  486 65
DON'T PLAY LOTTERY  233 31
NOT SURE  7 1
Total  750

19. DO YOU EXPECT TO GAMBLE MORE OFTEN OR LESS OFTEN NOW THAT SLOT MACHINE CASINOS HAVE OPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA?

  # %
MUCH MORE OFTEN  7 1
SOMEWHAT MORE OFTEN  77 10
ABOUT THE SAME  368 50
SOMEWHAT LESS OFTEN  55 7
MUCH LESS OFTEN  158 21
NOT SURE  71 10
REFUSED  15
Total  750
MORE OFTEN  83 11
LESS OFTEN  213 29
NET MORE OFTEN  -129 -18
MORE : LESS  1:2.5

20. NOW THAT SLOT MACHINE GAMBLING IS AVAILABLE IN PENNSYLVANIA DO YOU EXPECT TO SHIFT MONEY YOU CURRENTLY SPEND ON OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO COVER GAMBLING EXPENSES?

  # %
PARTIALLY SHIFT  17 2
NOT AT ALL  691 93
NOT SURE  31 4
REFUSED  11
Total  750

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?

  # %
MUCH MORE SUPPORTIVE  35 5
SOMEWHAT MORE SUPPORT.  126 17
SOMEWHAT LESS SUPPORT.  101 14
MUCH LESS SUPPORTIVE  231 31
NOT SURE  245 33
REFUSED  13
Total  750
MORE  161 22
LESS  332 45
NET MORE  -171 -23
MORE : LESS  1:2.1

22. AGE GROUP

  # %
18-30  47 6
31-40  75 10
41-50  168 23
51-64  214 29
65+  243 33
REFUSED  3
Total  750

23. PAST YEAR INCOME

  # %
UNDER $20,000   73 12
$20,000-$30,000  88 14
$30,000-$50,000  161 26
$50,000-$75,000  155 25
$75,000-$100,000  83 13
OVER $100,000  47 8
NOT SURE  14 2
REFUSED  131
Total  750

24. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

  # %
CONSERVATIVE  353 48
MODERATE  239 32
LIBERAL  124 17
NOT SURE  22 3
REFUSED  11
Total  750

25. RELIGIOUS AFFILILATION

  # %
NONE  75 11
PROTESTANT  148 22
CATHOLIC  225 33
JEWISH  14 2
CHRISTIAN  62 9
LUTHERAN  47 7
METHODIST  29 4
MOSLEM/MUSLIM  2 0
EVANGELICAL  6 1
BAPTIST  41 6
EPISCOPAL  2 0
MENNONITE  5 1
NON-DENOMINATION  1 0
OTHER  19 3
NOT SURE  3 0
REFUSED  72
Total  750

26. EDUCATION

  # %
LESS THAN HS GRADUATE  22 3
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE  275 37
2 YR COLLEGE/TECH. SCHOOL  151 20
4 YR COLLEGE GRADUATE  180 24
POST GRADUATE  113 15
REFUSED  8
Total  750

27. AFFILIATION

  # %
DEMOCRAT  360 48
REPUBLICAN  315 42
OTHER  75 10
Total  750

28. GENDER

  # %
MALE  363 48
FEMALE  387 52
Total  750

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania