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Texans Still Want Gambling In State, Pollster Says

By Robert Wood, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
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AUSTIN (KRLD 1080) – Texans are still big supporters of expanding gambling, according to a new poll.

Baselice and Associates, of Austin, just released a new poll which shows 82 percent favor a vote on adding slot machines at horse and dog tracks and existing Indian reservations.

“If it’s on the ballot, then it wins,” says pollster Mike Baselice. “The support is shared by a large majority of voters regardless of their partisan background or make-up.  63% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats and even 64% of independent voters favor allowing slot machines at the tracks and Indian reservations.”

Baselice talks with KRLD’s Robert Wood

Baselice says it’s important to remember that the expansion he’s talking about would be an increase in the kinds of gambling available in Texas.  It would not change the number of locations where you can gamble.  He says that might explain some of the support.

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