Strong majority favor casino gambling in New Hampshire - 292 participants

Feb 11, 2017

A bill sponsored by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, SB 242, would legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire, authorizing the creation of two casinos. Read more about this issue here. On February 11, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you be in favor of casino gambling in NH?”

“Would you be in favor of casino gambling in NH?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Sex Work New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 292 participants gave 488 responses 

A total of 97% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 3% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 292 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 488 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 56 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 72% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of casino gambling in New Hampshire. 

  • “They already have gambling with lottery tickets. Why not expand it?”
  • “People are going to gamble. Might as well keep the revenue in the state.”
  • “Yes. Put it at the Balsams. Drive jobs and business up to the north country.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 28%, were opposed to casino gambling in New Hampshire.

  • “No, we do not need a casino in NH.”
  • “Casinos bring a lot of corruption to our government that could forever jeopardize our rights in this state. New Hampshire is known for its family friendly attractions, and those are what we should use to attract visitors.”
  • “That boat has sailed, casinos are on the decline. Legalize marijuana and tax the heck out of it instead.”

Other: As noted above, 3% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Process: “Why not allow the citizens to vote on this?”
  • Other issues: “Why should we let MA and Maine get all the tax dollars from pot? Pot does not hurt people.”
  • Expressing frustration: “Does it really matter if we want it? I mean, the politicians will do what they want anyway regardless of what the citizens say.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Comments

Seth King
- Sugar Hill

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:05pm

The idea of only allowing two casinos sounds like cronyism to me.

Once those two casinos get their feet in the door, they'll fight tooth and nail to prevent any new casinos from being allowed. How about a free-market?

*sigh*

I suppose some "freedom" is better than none. I would either hold my nose and vote yes or abstain completely from voting on this one.

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SB 242 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Apr 18, 2017

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