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Dan Haar: Poll shows wide support for competitive casino bids

A Poll commissioned by MGM shows what the casino company has argued for years, that connecitcut voters prefer an open, competitive process for the right to build a commercial casino.

When given the choice between granting a new casino license through open bidding or through an exclusive deal with the two tribes that operate casinos in southwestern connecticut, 71% favoured an open process, according to a Poll conducted by The Mellman Group, a Washington D.C. Research and strategy firm.

The poll, conducted by cell phones and landlines between Nov 13 and Nov 18, is being released on Friday By MGM. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage point for the full group.

The results held up at 61 percent to 29 percent even when the Voters were told that the tribes would immediately stop making payments to the state that now total $250 millions, and that those payments, totaling $7 billion over the last 25 years for state and local governments.

The results showed favorability towards an open bidding process ranging from 67 percent to 79 percent for both genders, both parties as well as independent Voters for white, African American and Latino Voters, for Voters over age 39 and for residents of Hartford, New heaven and Litchfield and Fairfield Counties.

“Its very clear you just have overwhelming support in principle on the open competitive bidding process,” said Michael Bloomfield, managing director For Mellman.


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