Americans Give the Thumbs Up To Casinos and Gambling
The latest results of the annual American Gaming Association (AGA) survey around gaming were recently released. The results revealed that 87% of Americans approve and are in favor of casinos and gambling.The poll, which surveys 1,000 registered voters, showed that most participants believe that casinos benefit local economies and create jobs. The majority of responders also said that gambling and casino operators should not pay higher taxes than other businesses.
Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, said voters recognized that casinos are a mainstream form of entertainment and that it boosts growth in communities. According to the latest gross gambling revenues released by the AGA, New Jersey saw a decrease in revenues from 2012 to 2013 from $3.051 billion to $2.870 billion.
New Jersey ranks third among the 23 states with commercial casinos.
Further findings of the poll concluded:
• The average casino patron is aged between 21 to 59 years of age and has an annual income of between $60,000 and $90,000 a year.
• 75% of casino visitors do set themselves a budget when they gamble, with 86% having a budget of $300 or less.
• 63% of casino goers when not gambling spend money in local communities including going to a show, shopping or dining out.