ST. PAUL, Minn., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from a new statewide poll
released today shows that Minnesotans think the Canterbury Park Racino
proposal may not be such a good bet after all.
Most Minnesotans seem to be under the false impression that revenue from
the racino will help greatly reduce the state's $4.2 billion budget deficit.
According to the poll, 53 percent of respondents significantly overestimate
the racino's financial impact to the state. Twenty-four percent believe it
will offset 20 percent or more of the budget deficit. Sixty-two percent of
respondents said they were less likely to support the racino when they learned
it would address only two percent of the deficit.
"By positioning the racino proposal as a solution to the state's fiscal
problems, recent polls are not getting an accurate picture of what people
really think about allowing 2,000 slot machines at Canterbury Park," said Al
Childs, council member for the Prairie Island Indian Community. "When people
consider the Canterbury proposal on its own there's clearly less support for
it and in certain contexts more people oppose it outright."
According to the poll, 73 percent of Minnesotans would be less inclined to
support the racino if they knew Canterbury's owners could sell to a Las Vegas
interest group at any time; 67 percent would be less inclined if the racino
would result in layoffs in rural areas; 59 percent would be less inclined if
Canterbury Park's investors earn millions of dollars as a direct result of the
Legislature's actions. After considering these impacts, strong support for
the racino declined from 31 to 25 percent; strong opposition increased from 21
to 27 percent; net support/opposition for the racino is virtually even with 51
percent for and 46 percent against.
The telephone survey was conducted May 7-12, 2003, by research firm Ipsos
Public Affairs on behalf of the Prairie Island Indian Community. The
participants were contacted via telephone; the results have a margin of error
of +/- 4 percent (600 respondents).
SOURCE Prairie Island Indian Community