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    Plurality of likely voters say Wynn Resorts should retain license

    Wynn Resorts is building a $2.5 billion resort casino on the Mystic River.
    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
    Wynn Resorts is building a $2.5 billion resort casino on the Mystic River.

    Nearly 80 percent of likely Massachusetts voters are aware of the sexual misconduct accusations against former Wynn Resorts chief executive Steve Wynn, but a plurality want the company to remain the owner of its casino resort in Everett, according to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday.

    The poll of 500 likely midterm voters, conducted by Suffolk’s Political Research Center, also showed a large gender gap in public opinion on the casino giant, which is building a $2.5 billion resort casino on the Mystic River.

    Overall, 46 percent of respondents said Wynn Resorts “should continue to be the builder and operator of the Everett casino,” known as Encore Boston Harbor. About 38 percent said the company should not remain owner and operator, and about 16 percent were undecided or declined to answer.

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    Among men, 57 percent said they want Wynn Resorts to maintain control of the casino, while just 26 percent were opposed. Seventeen percent said they were undecided or declined to answer.

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    Among women, just 36 percent said Wynn Resorts should stay in Everett, while 48 percent say the company should not run the casino. About 16 percent said they are undecided or would not answer.

    In a statement, Wynn Resorts said that “under new leadership our company has implemented meaningful change.”

    The poll was conducted from June 8 to June 12, with live callers to cellphones and landlines. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.

    The misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn, reported in late January by The Wall Street Journal, led to his resignation from the company.

    Mark Arsenault can be reached at mark.arsenault@globe.com.