Economy, Budget & Taxes

Are casinos right for NH? - 330 participants, 675 responses

Feb 14, 2015

With a projected $70 million budget shortfall, the debate over allowing casinos in NH is hotter than ever. But would they prove the solution to the state's financial woes? Senator Lou D'Allesandro thinks so, and has sponsored a bill (SB 113) that would authorize the creation of two casinos here in the Granite State. To see if NH citizens agreed, on February 24, 2015, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked its Facebook members the question, "Should NH allow casinos?"

Should NH allow casinos?

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Participation: 330 participants gave 675 responses.

A total of 84% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 675 responses from 330 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: The majority, at 67% of 'yes or no' respondents, were in favor of casinos. 

  •  "People play. They may as well do it here, since they are doing it anyway."
  • "It could be a go-to destination that generates a good revenue stream without disrupting community life for N.H residents."
  • "Gambling is a personal activity between consenting adults. No prohibition or regulation need be applied."

No: The minority of 'yes or no' respondents, at 33%, opposed casinos. 

  • "Casinos offer little or no benefits or future for employees and put an additional burden on already stressed infrastructure and agencies… Efforts to bring real, skilled employment into NH is a much better investment in the state."
  • "The casino business… is a saturated market and will not make the money that other revenue streams would provide."

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included: 

  • Whether legalizing marijuana would be a more effective stream of new revenue for the state
  • Discussing whether relying on casinos would be a sound budgeting policy: "Money management doesn't involve getting more money. It revolves around using the available money wisely."
  • Suggesting the gambling question should be put directly to the people: "Let the voters of NH decide."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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