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Suan Dusit Poll shows more people are against legalising casinos

Most people disagree with legalising casinos claiming that legal gambling will bring about more disadvantages than advantages, according to Suan Dusit Poll.

The Rajabhat University of Suan Dusit campus conducted opinion poll during June 16-20 on how the people think about legalising casinos. A total of 1,363 people were randomly polled.

The poll shows 45.19 percent are against legalising casinos compared to 38.66 percent who are supportive of the idea. 16.15 percent are undecided claiming that it has both advantages and disadvantages.

On how people think about legalising casinos, the poll shows the following results: 86.79 percent think this is a sensitive issue and must be carefully considered; 82.76 percent agree and disagree with the idea but said all stakeholders must get involved; 71.46 percent admitted there are advantages and disadvantages in legalising casinos depending on the powers-that-be to decide; 69.48 percent said that gambling will never make people rich or happy; 67.50 percent said that this was an old issue which was revived.

On the advantages of legalising casinos, the poll shows the following results: 76.60 percent said that casinos would generate huge income for the state; 73.07 percent that they would boost the economy and tourism; 71.31 percent said they would create new jobs; 63.83 percent said legal casinos would do away with extortion and under-the-table payments; 58.69 percent said that casinos would discourage people from illegal gambling.

On the disadvantages of legalising casinos, the poll shows the following results: 79.75 percent said casinos would encourage more people to gamble; 74.32 percent said casinos would worsen debt problem and discourage people from working; 68.67 percent said casinos would result to more corruption and money laundering; 64.56 percent would cause social problems and more crimes.

Thai PBS

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