HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 19American Gaming Association Releases Casino Gaming Opinion Poll

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) released the results of a nationwide survey that finds strong support for casino gaming and its economic effects. In addition, the AGA has released its most recent nationwide gross revenue figures which reflect a one percent increase in annual revenues, at $37.78 billion in 2013 over the $37.34 billion in revenue from 2012.

The survey found that individuals viewed casino gaming favorably by a 2-1 margin, with over 70% of those surveyed recognizing the positive affect that casinos have on job creation. The poll was also used to generate a view of the typical casino visitor, noting that most visitors are younger (21-59 years old), believe that they are middle class, and that two thirds of casino visitors state that they attend church.

In addition to the national figures, the survey contains state-by-state breakdowns of gaming data. For Michigan, the survey found that, in 2012, the gaming industry generated $1.417 billion in revenue and resulted in nearly $320 million in tax revenue. The Detroit casinos employed 7,972 individuals and collectively paid over $366 million in wages.

AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman stated in the release that “[v]oters recognize that casinos are a mainstream form of entertainment and an economic driver that supports jobs and boosts growth in communities across the nation. Casino visitors are a portrait of the American electorate, and voters are giving policymakers permission to treat casinos like any other business. The AGA will aggressively pave the way for policies that reflect voters’ favorable view of gaming protects jobs and promotes innovation.”

The survey was conducted as part of the AGA’s “Get to Know Gaming” public education campaign. For more information on the campaign, as well as the full survey results, please visit the campaign’s website at: http://www.gettoknowgaming.org/#map=Find_The_Economic_Impact_Of_Gaming_On_Your_State

 

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