WashPost poll: Slots vote could be blowout
A new Washington Post poll out today indicates that the slots referendum in referendum could be a blowout. A weakening economy appears to have eroded concerns that many voters have harbored against gambling. Voters recognize the social costs of possible addiction and crime, and express doubts that the initiative will generate as much money for the state budget as promised. But the alternative -- deep budget cuts, or higher taxes -- seems to be more distasteful.
The Post poll found that 62 percent of voters surveyed say they will vote for Question 2, which amends the state constitution to allow 15,000 machines at five locations, while 36 percent say they will vote "no."
In what must be disheartening news for opponents, who predictably are being grossly outspent in advertising, the Post reporters say the referendum "drew at least majority support from voters in all regions of the state, in both major political parties, and among all income and education levels. A majority of male and female voters and black and white voters said they would support the plan, which will appear as Question 2."
The survey also found that the approval rating of Gov. Martin O'Malley has an approval rating of 53 percent, higher than in some previous polls but the same as in a similar Post poll a year ago.