Nine out of 10 view gambling as acceptable activity

Public support of casino gaming is at an all-time high, with 57 percent of voters expressing approval, and nearly nine in 10 viewing gambling in general as an acceptable activity, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Gaming Association, a casino trade group.

Nearly two-thirds of casino visitors own a home, and 70 percent of them consider themselves “middle class” or “upper middle class,” the survey found. Forty-six percent are college graduates and more than a third attend religious services every week.

The association released the results Monday along with the latest statistics on nationwide gross gaming revenues, which increased 1 percent from $37.34 billion in 2012 to $37.78 billion in 2013. The figures are for commercial casinos, of which there are none in Connecticut. Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are owned by Indian tribes.

The poll found that 74 percent of voters believe casinos promote job creation, and 59 percent say casinos help the economies where they are located.

Recent polling in Massachusetts, where gaming regulators could license up to three resort casinos, revealed different attitudes. A Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll found that 47 percent of likely Massachusetts voters disapprove of casinos in their state, while 37 percent approve.

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