- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Registered voters surveyed are opposed to expanding casinos to northern New Jersey, while they’re divided about dedicating the gas tax to funding transportation projects.

Monday’s Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll examines voters’ views of the Casino Expansion Amendment and Transportation Funding Amendment on November’s ballots.

Some 70 percent of registered voters questioned oppose expanding casinos to the northern part of the state. Twenty-four percent support the plan.

“This is an issue we’ve been polling on for years, and there has never been broad and deep support for allowing casinos to expand beyond Atlantic City,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind.

Thirty-six percent of those polled said they believe the state already has enough casinos.

“When over a third of registered voters believe their casino fix is amply satisfied by what’s already here, and worry that more will do to other communities what casinos did to Atlantic City, the ‘more is better’ argument is a tough sell,” Jenkins said.

Respondents were less resistant to dedicating the gas tax to transportation projects. The survey found 46 percent in favor of the amendment compared to 39 percent opposed.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed rejected raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon, which will take effect Nov. 1.

“Almost two-thirds of registered voters are following news about the gas tax amendment with some degree of attentiveness. People appear torn between how much pain they want to endure financially in order to offset the pain they feel on our roads and bridges, many of which are in desperate need of repair,” said Jenkins.

The phone survey of 848 registered voters has a sampling effort of 3.6 percentage points.

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