Citizens support gambling, skeptical of single casino proposal - 317 participants, 613 responses

Feb 05, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, SB 551, would create a single casino with video lottery and table gaming, to be located at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH. A tax of 35% of gross slot machine revenue and 18% of gross table game revenue would go to the state, with dedicated portions of the funds going to addiction prevention programs and to Salem and neighboring communities. On February 5, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH authorize a single casino at Rockingham Park in Salem?” The results follow.  

“Should NH authorize a single casino at Rockingham Park in Salem?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents


A total of 93% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 613 responses from 317 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, totaling 59%, opposed the Rockingham Park proposal. However, these participants were split into two camps.

36% of ‘yes or no’ respondents opposed casinos and gambling entirely.

  •  “I don't want to see a casino in the state. Gambling addiction is a serious problem.”
  • “We've missed the tide on casinos. They're not the golden goose they once were.”

23% of ‘yes or no’ respondents opposed the Rockingham Park proposal but noted they would support a more open casino bill, such as one that legalized gambling entirely or allowed for proposals for alternative locations.

  • “Definitely in favor of casino gambling, just not at Rockingham Park.”
  • “One license to give one company a monopoly screams corruption. Open the market all the way or don't at all.”

Yes: 41% of ‘yes or no’ respondents supported the Rockingham Park single casino proposal.

  •  “Every year we waste is more time Maine and Mass get the money from NH residents.”
  • “It is time for a casino and the area in Rockingham [Park] is perfect.”
  • “NH could use the revenue plus help unemployment. Money could be used to pave our roads, help the homeless and take care of the drug problem.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Arguing other issues were higher priority: “Legalize marijuana first here.”
  • Discussing what a casino would need to succeed: “We need to ask ourselves, can NH build and support a casino that is has better amenities than what the CT and MA properties offer. We will not be successful if we build properties like the ones in ME.”

Additional Notes:

It is worth noting that 23% of respondents indicated that, though they opposed the Rockingham Park proposal, they would support a casino measure that allowed for alternative locations to be proposed or which legalized gambling in New Hampshire. This indicates a 64% majority of our respondents are more generally in favor of casino gambling.

That result is in line with previous LFDA-hosted discussions of the issue, such as one held in February 2015 on the question “Should NH allow casinos?” which resulted in a 67% majority in favor.

 *Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 


Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

Know someone who would be interested in these results? Forward them the summary version of this report. 

Do you think NH should authorize a single casino at Rockingham Park? Leave a comment and have your say! 


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Jacquelyn Benson
- Kensington

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 1:22pm

For those following this issue, the Senate Ways and Means Committee did recommend that SB 551 be passed. However, the Senate opted to table the bill.

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