New Jersey unsure on casinos outside Atlantic City, poll finds

A new poll finds half of New Jersey residents oppose opening casinos outside Atlantic City.

The idea is being floated as a way to raise money that would go to Atlantic City, where casinos are struggling.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind poll released Monday found 42 percent of New Jersey adults favor the idea, while 50 percent oppose it.

Residents were slightly more upbeat about putting legal gambling in the Meadowlands than at the Monmouth Park racetrack if it were allowed outside Atlantic City. But neither site had broad support.

People who have visited casinos lately are more receptive to the idea of adding more.

The telephone poll of 819 randomly selected adults was conducted from July 14-20. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.