Strong majority in favor of keno in New Hampshire - 187 participants

Jan 18, 2017

Once again, the Legislature is considering legalizing keno in New Hampshire. HB 560 would enable towns and cities to authorize keno by way of a ballot vote before restaurants, bars, or other establishments with a valid liquor license can apply for a permit to host the game. Read more about the issue here. On January 18, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow keno?”

“Should NH allow keno?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Keno New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 187 participants gave 432 responses 

A total of 91% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 187 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 432 responses or reactions to this question.  Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 22 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 88% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of legalizing keno in New Hampshire.  

  • “This will help NH small businesses and the state government. Right now people that live near the border drive to Mass to play this inexpensive but entertaining game. Why not let people play the game in NH?”
  • “People are going to gamble if they want to. We might as well take advantage.”
  • “Yes. I'm a NH resident and think all gambling should be legal.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 12%, were opposed to legalizing keno in New Hampshire.  

  • “We have voted gambling down twice already - get the message?”
  • “No. More money for the state is a bad thing. I do not believe it results in any decrease in taxes.”
  • “No. They should allow casinos instead.”

Other: As noted above, 9% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Casino gambling: “NH was the first to have lottery gambling in the US. Looks like we will be the last to get casinos.”
  • Odds of play: “Unless they have more payouts than the scratch tickets, don't bother.”
  • Current status: “They don’t allow it already?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 560 (2017)
Bill Status: Passed House
Hearing date: Apr 19, 2017

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