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Poll shows New Yorkers want to see more nontribal casinos

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows majorities of registered New Yorker voters would like to see more nontribal casinos and think Las Vegas-style casino gambling would benefit the state’s economy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the state should consider legalizing nontribal casinos as a way to raise revenue and produce jobs.

New York already allows Indian casinos on tribal lands. It also allows electronic slot machines at horse tracks that offer pari-mutuel wagering.

Allowing Las Vegas-style gambling away from Indian reservations would require changing the state’s constitution,

The Quinnipiac poll showed that 56 percent of registered voters support creating nontribal casinos and 64 percent of voters said casinos would be good for the economy.

But 63 percent said legalized casinos would lead to increased gambling addiction.

Quinnipiac’s poll, which questioned 1,016 registered voters from Sept. 13 through Sept. 18, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points.

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