Poll shows support for slots at Rosecroft

Gov. O’Malley’s taxes and slots proposals have ruled out locating slot machines at Rosecroft Raceway in Oxon Hill, reportedly because of the firm opposition of elected officials (all Democrats) and some organized religious groups.

A new survey, financed by Rosecroft’s new owner Penn National Gaming, which certainly has a biased interest in the eventual approval of gambling at Rosecroft, suggests that the opponents may be out of touch with their constituents, and that public opposition may not be as strong as the anti-slots lobby claims.

Prince George’s County Residents Strongly Support Allowing Video Lottery Terminals at Rosecroft Raceway.
Penn National Gaming Press Release, 31 Oct 2007

According to the results of a public opinion poll released today, 55 percent
of Prince George’s County residents support allowing VLTs at Rosecroft Raceway, to 34 percent against. When residents in the most affected areas (zip codes: 20744, 20745 and 20748) are asked the question, the level of support grows to 61 percent in favor and only 33 percent against.

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The results of the survey also reveal that 90 percent of Prince George’s County residents believe they should have the right to decide whether or not to allow VLTs at Rosecroft. In District 26 neighborhoods, that number grows to 92 percent.

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