Poll indicates by 3:1 that Floridians favor new gaming compact

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A new poll commissioned by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), in cooperation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, shows that likely Florida voters overwhelmingly support a proposed new gaming compact by more than three to one. 

With just days to go before final approval by the Florida Legislature in a special session, 62% are thought to be in favor with only 17% percent opposed. 

Recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr, the new compact is expected to bring $2.5bn in revenue sharing dollars to the State of Florida in its first five years and billions more in future years. 

Carol Dover, President and CEO of FRLA, commented: “The compact will not just benefit the Seminole Tribe and Florida’s state revenue, it will bring a much-needed boost in Florida tourism – Florida’s economic engine – which recorded its lowest year in more than a decade in 2020. And it will also bring thousands of jobs for Florida’s hospitality industry. 

“We believe that the new casino games will not conflict with Florida’s family-friendly image, which is especially important in Central Florida, as the new casino table games are limited to Seminole Reservations where casino gaming already takes place.” 

She added: Florida’s tourism and hospitality industry is working to rebuild after a devastating year, and we strongly support this gaming compact and our friends in the Seminole Tribe who have continued to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of our great state.”

For more information about the poll and its findings, click here.