ATLANTIC CITY’S BEST DAYS ARE IN THE PAST; OUT-OF-STATE CASINOS DRAW SOME NEW JERSEY GAMBLERS

Posted at 12:01 am October 23, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

With shrinking profits, casino closings, and layoffs the new norm, nearly two-thirds of New Jerseyans say Atlantic City’s best days are behind it, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Just 22 percent say the resort’s best days are yet to come, and 15 percent are unsure that gambling has not benefited the entire city and its residents seems in part to be driving this sentiment. An overwhelming 63 percent of New Jerseyans say gambling has benefited only the casino-hotels while 25 percent believe gambling has been good for both residents and the casinos. This perspective is not new. Even in the early boom years of casinos, a 1982 Eagleton Poll found just 30 percent of respondents thought gambling had benefited both parties. Similar results were found in 1986 and 1999 polls.

 

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