Poll: 53.4% In Favour Of Casino Gambling

July 14, 2015

According to a recent poll released by Profiles of Bermuda, 53.4% of voters are in favour of casino gambling; an increase from the 2012 survey which showed 45.6% supported it.

In releasing the poll, the company said: “Support for casino gambling has slowly but steadily increased since 2012 and is now at the point where it is significantly supported by voters [see note below on statistical significance].

“In the 2012 survey, voters were evenly split on their views [45.6% for and 43.3% against.] Support for casinos has now risen to 53.4% while those opposed to it has dropped to 40.5%.

“The main supporters of casino gambling were males, with 67.4% of them favouring it, and 67% of those persons between the ages of 18 and 34. On the other hand, nearly half of persons aged 55 and over [47.7%], as well as nearly half of all women [46.8%], were likely to oppose casino gambling.?

Screenshot of the poll results from Profiles of Bermuda

Microsoft Word - Casino Press Release 14JUL15

Poll Notes

Profiles said, “Category totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The 2015 survey was conducted among 407 registered voters between 15 Apr 15 and 10 May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8%. Some 75% of respondents were obtained by landlines, 11% by cell phones and 14% via the internet. Data for all demographics were weighted to reflect the 2010 Census. There were no differences by race and income for this analysis.

Statistical Significance

Profiles said, “To conduct a complete census of the voting public, all 40,000 of them, would be too costly. As a result, statisticians have determined that if a subset of a particular population, in this case voters, were obtained through a random process, the results could come fairly close to those that could have been obtained from the entire population.

“The term ‘fairly close’ is what is known as the margin of error.  As we did not interview the entire voter population, there will be some error in our results. The margin of error for this survey was calculated, using statistical techniques, at 4.8%. This means that the proportion of the population that support gambling [53.4%] could in fact range from 48.6% [53.4% - 4.8%] to 58.2% [53.4% + 4.8%], had we surveyed all voters.

“Likewise, and using similar calculations, those opposed to gambling could have been as low as 35.7% or as high as 45.3%. Since the lowest point for those that support gambling [48.6%], is greater than the high point for those who oppose it [45.3%] statisticians say that the result is statistically significant.

“Statisticians would also say, in this case, that had all 40,000 voters participated in the survey, they would be confident that more would support gambling than would oppose it.”

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  1. sage says:

    Big deal, it is legal already, is there anyone interested in opening one? We were told that hotel development depended on it.

    • Cottereaux says:

      And you believed Crockwell’s line of BS? HAHAHAHAHA!

      Not one casino license has been issued, the finalist developer has a major lawsuit against them in US Federal Court, the five members of the Casino Commission or whatever they call it, have problems getting organized to have a meeting! Thousands of dollars wasted to train them plus flights, hotels, food, and no meetings!

  2. Onion juice says:

    Ok, now what about the late night extra curriculum.

  3. Not exactly says:

    How long is Cordell going to milk this one survey? Just release all the data. At this rate we are going to be hearing about polling “news” at Christmas for a survey done in April.

    • PBanks says:

      Recession-proof industry: commissioning surveys?

  4. Las Vegas says:

    What’s taking the OBA so long to allow one to open. What is everything going to be released the same year as the Americas cup!

  5. Bill Stephens says:

    We need those jobs now – not in 2017! Where can we go for training / jobs fair for gaming in Bermuda? Why is the Government waiting so long?

    • Cottereaux says:

      You need to go and work at a casino in another country to get actual experience. Search the internet for where you can get casino job training.

      Not endorsing any but:
      The Casino Institute – San Diego
      Table Games Course: $2000​
      Poker Course: $1800​
      Craps Course: $1800​
      Roulette Course: $1300​

      The Casino College – online
      Casino Gaming Institute – online

  6. Cromwell says:

    With all the gaming money paid out for propaganda it proves you can change public opinion.

    The the bottom line for Bermuda is the bad stuff (corruption, prostitution etc) that comes along with the gambling. That bad stuff is more costly to the social and cultural fabric of Bermuda than the so called profits (historically the criminals will siphon off cash) which will enrich a few of the elite.

    Bermudians need quality jobs not just jobs from illicit activities.

    • Onion juice says:

      So I take it that there is no corruption and prostitution in Bermuda now.

      • Ed Case says:

        Wonder what your new home room teacher will be like next year OJ?

  7. Forethebest says:

    Let’s get on with it then. Where is all this big money that evidently wanted to invest in Casino Gaming in Bermuda? This reminds me of before the Royal Navy, US Navy and Canadian Navy all pulled out of the east and west ends and we all had been saying for years that the only thing holding Bermuda back is our small size. We got 10% of our land back when the three Navies left and we still have done nothing with the land.

  8. Oh dear! says:

    Please let the silent majority provide their opinions. This ‘casino’ situation is bad – repeat bad – and if proceeding with will lead to many – repeat many – more poor people on the streets, more people in prison and more people having lost their all. Where are the Churches? Silence, I hear!

  9. Jurist says:

    Give the Greens a casino liscence so they can build one down at the Sonesta Beach property.