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New Yorkers narrowly support casinos, gun law, oppose fracking

LOUDONVILLE – By a narrow margin, voters in New York support Las Vegas style casinos, according to the latest results of a Siena Research Institute of Siena College in Loudonville. By a small margin, voters oppose fracking.

A total of 46 percent of those polled said they support gaming while 43 percent oppose it. Eleven percent had no opinion. Fifty percent of those polled said they support the governor’s proposal to build only three casinos all upstate. A total of 43 percent opposed it and eight percent didn’t know.

Three locations in the Catskills would like casinos, at the old Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, at the former Nevele Hotel in Ellenville and at the old Grossinger’s Hotel in Liberty.

On the question of fracking, 43 percent of those polled said they oppose it while 39 percent support it. A total of 18 percent have no opinion.  

On the new state gun control law, 61 percent support it, 35 percent oppose it and four percent have no opinion.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is still high with 64 percent of those taking the poll looking at his favorably, 30 percent having an unfavorable opinion and six percent have no opinion.

Twelve percent said he is doing an excellent job, 42 percent said he is doing a good job, 31 percent said he is doing a fair job and 13 percent said he is doing a poor job. One percent had no opinion.