Arundel residents don't want slots at the mall
The Center for the Study of Local Issues at the Anne Arundel Community College conducted a survey last week that found extremely low support for the plan to put a slots parlor at Arundel Mills Mall, which now looks like all but a foregone conclusion. Just 17 percent of those surveyed approved of the plan, while 44 percent said they wished slots had gone to the Laurel racetrack instead. Some other interesting results from the survey:
- The economy is far and away the most important issue in Anne Arundel County. Forty-eight percent of poll respondants said it was the most important, with taxes coming in a distant second at 10 percent.
- A majority (54 percent) don't want to repeal the death penalty.
- Fifty-four percent favored an increase in the alcohol tax.
- A whopping 83 percent want a law against texting while driving.
- President Obama's approval rating in the county is 53 percent. (He got 48 percent of the vote in Anne Arundel in November.)
- And in a potentially troubling sign for County Exec. John Leopold, who's up for re-election next year, 47 percent of Arundel residents think the county is on the right track, down from 52 percent last October. (Not terrible numbers, of course, but it would be better if they were going in the other direction.)
The random sample of 625 county residents was conducted March 9-12. There is a 4 percent margin of error.