GETTYSBURG, Pa., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A public opinion poll
commissioned by the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) reveals that
Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly oppose plans for a 42-acre casino complex
near the historic Gettysburg Battlefield. According to the poll, 65 percent
of those surveyed indicated opposition to a casino at Gettysburg.
"The statewide poll removes all doubt -- Pennsylvanians do not want a
casino at Gettysburg," remarked CWPT President James Lighthizer. "Keystone
state voters clearly recognize that America's most hallowed battleground is no
place to build a casino."
In the telephone survey, Pennsylvania voters were asked several questions
related to the proposed casino near the Gettysburg battlefield. In nearly
every case, a majority expressed strong opposition to the casino plan. In
addition to the 65 percent who opposed a casino at Gettysburg, 55 percent
indicated that they would oppose a casino near an unnamed historic site in
In Central Pennsylvania, where the proposed casino would be located, the
opposition was even more pronounced. According to the survey, 68 percent of
Central Pennsylvania voters opposed building a casino near an unnamed historic
site in the Keystone State. Less than one-quarter of mid-state respondents
expressed support for building a casino near historic sites.
When Central Pennsylvanians were asked specifically about the 42-acre
casino complex planned for Gettysburg, more than three-quarters (78 percent)
declared their opposition to the proposal. Only 16 percent expressed support
for the concept, with just 6 percent of mid-state voters undecided.
The poll also reminded voters of a recent statement made by Governor Ed
Rendell, who said in appearance on the Pennsylvania Cable Network program
Pennsylvania Newsmakers: "if that proposal is anywhere near the historic area
of Gettysburg, I would oppose it." More than two thirds of those surveyed (67
percent) indicated support for the Governor's statement.
Voters were also asked if they would be more likely or less likely to vote
for a candidate who advocated building casinos near Pennsylvania historic
sites like the Gettysburg Battlefield. More than half (51 percent) indicated
they would be less likely to vote for such candidates; only 5 percent stated
they would be more likely to vote for candidates who advocated building
casinos near historic sites.
Many Pennsylvania voters also indicated they would hold both the Governor
and State Legislature responsible for any decisions made by the Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board. When asked who they would consider responsible for
approving a casino near a historic site, 43 percent of voters identified the
governor and state legislature. Another 35 percent indicated the gaming
control board, and 13 percent stated they would blame both equally.
"No Casino Gettysburg could not be more pleased with the results," noted
Susan Paddock, spokesperson for the group, which is leading the effort against
a casino at Gettysburg. "Pennsylvania voters realize that a casino is
incompatible with the character and history of Gettysburg."
The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Research, Inc. from October 27-29,
2005. A total of 625 registered voters were interviewed statewide by
telephone. For verification or questions concerning methodology, contact Brad
Coker at (904) 261-2444. Margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.
With 75,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield
preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve
our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of
these hallowed grounds.
(For the survey and results, visit
SOURCE Civil War Preservation Trust