About half of Boston residents support the proposed $1 billion Suffolk Downs casino, according to a Boston Globe poll, indicating that months of debate during the mayoral campaign have done little to change public opinion.
Forty-nine percent of Bostonians favor the project, including 25 percent who say they are strongly in favor. The project does slightly better among likely voters in the Nov. 5 election, with 53 percent in favor.
The survey also found 37 percent are against the casino, with 27 percent describing their opposition as strong. If the issue were put to a citywide vote — currently only East Boston residents are expected to vote — this could represent a formidable block of opposition on an emotional issue in which gambling opponents historically have been more likely to show up at the polls, specialists say.
The results track closely to a Globe poll in March, which showed 44 percent in favor and 37 percent against.
The new poll of 704 Boston adults, including 411 likely voters, was conducted Sept. 5-12 for the Globe by the Survey Center at the University of New Hampshire. The margin of error is 3.7 percent for the larger sample and 4.8 percent for likely voters.
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