Poll: Rhode Islanders Want Vote on Casino Proposal - Thursday 2nd of February 2006

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – As reported by the Providence Journal: "A majority of Rhode Islanders want a chance to vote 'yes or no' on the latest West Warwick casino proposal, according to a poll commissioned by the promoters of the proposed Harrah's-Narragansett Indian casino.

"But less than half of those polled indicated strong support for rewriting the state Constitution to allow the privately owned casino under terms that have yet to be fully explained.

"…64 percent either 'feel strongly' or tend to believe that voters not elected officials should decide whether to amend the state's Constitution 'to allow a casino in the town of West Warwick, which would be privately owned and operated in association with the Narragansett Indian tribe.'

"Only 32 percent oppose more or less vehemently even putting the proposal on the November ballot.

"But as critics were quick to note: the polling questions made public yesterday never mentioned the involvement of Harrah's Entertainment, the Las Vegas casino giant that is bankrolling the State House lobbying campaign and referendum drive…"

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