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Poll Position: Does Toronto Want a Casino?

A majority of Torontonians are in favour, and some strong feelings on both sides.

Overall, would you say you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the idea of building a casino in the City of Toronto?

Strongly support: 20.9%

Somewhat support: 31.2%

Somewhat oppose: 18.5%

Strongly oppose: 23.2%

Not sure: 6.2%

By demographic group…


Poll taken: January 15–18, 2013
Sample size: 906
Margin of Error: +/-3.7%
Methodology: Online panel
Conducted by: Ipsos Reid

NOTES: A majority of Torontonians are in favour of opening a casino here, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the National Post, Global Television, and Newstalk 1010—52.1% support or strongly support one, while 41.7% are somewhat or strongly opposed. Notable about the results, says Ipsos vice president John Wright, is that those views are anchored by groups with very strong opinions: “There is a lot of talking going on, but people have pretty much made up their minds except for a very small group.” The poll comes as public consultations on a casino wind down (in-person meetings have concluded, and an online survey closes Friday). City staff will prepare a report summarizing the feedback received at those consultations over the coming weeks, and city council is expected to hold its debate about a casino during the April 3-4 council meeting.