The 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, an annual public opinion survey released by the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs and Nielsen, once again finds that 42% of Floridians believe that allowing more casino gambling is the wrong direction for Florida. Only 29% believe it is the right direction for Florida, and 29% had no opinion or refused to answer.
A review of results released in 2015 and 2014 shows that the opinions of Floridians has remained virtually unchanged in the three years that this topic has been covered in this survey. In 2015, 42% of Floridians answered that allowing more casino gambling is the wrong direction for Florida, and in 2014 that number was 43%. Those who responded that more casino gambling was the right direction for Florida was 30% in 2015 and 29% in 2014. Respondents who offered no opinion or refused to answer was 28% in both 2015 and 2014.
The 2016 survey also reports that the opposition to expansion of casino gambling is higher by both men and women (39% of men, 45% of women) and in 4 of the 5 age demographics listed (43% of 35-54 year-olds, 41% of 55-64 year-olds, and 48% of 65-79 year-olds, 47% of 80 and older).
“This three-year trend shows that Floridians continue to oppose the expansion of gambling in our state,” said Paul Seago, Executive Director of No Casinos. “More Floridians see through the false promises from the gambling industry and remain convinced that expanding gambling is the wrong social and economic policy for Florida.”
The question on casino gambling is included in the October 18, 2016 data release and the details can be found by visiting http://sunshinestatesurvey.org/results/2016/