New Poll Questions Support for Canterbury Park Racino

Poll Shows That Minnesotans Are Concerned That Racino Will Hurt Rural

Minnesota and Overly Benefit Canterbury Park

May 14, 2003, 01:00 ET from Prairie Island Indian Community

    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