Boston residents narrowly support Suffolk Downs’s plan to develop a casino at the track, though the intensity of the opposition could make for a tough campaign if the gambling proposal were to face a citywide vote, according to a Boston Globe poll.
Forty-four percent of Boston residents support the development of a gambling resort at Suffolk Downs, the East Boston racetrack that straddles the city line with Revere. The figure includes strong supporters, 25 percent, and those who “somewhat” support the casino plans, 19 percent.
The poll also found 37 percent of Bostonians are against a Suffolk Downs casino, with 28 percent describing their opposition as strong.
For Suffolk Downs, “it’s a winnable race but a hard row to hoe,” said Clyde Barrow, a casino expert at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
He said the history of casino votes has shown that “those strongly opposed all show up to vote; those who somewhat support it might show up.
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