The IssuesPA poll was conducted by Millersville University's Center for Opinion Research. The Center for Opinion Research conducted a survey of 833 Pennsylvanians between August 2 and September 4, using a random sample of adult Pennsylvanians.
Slots legislation in the state stands perhaps its best chance of passage no matter which candidate gets elected. Both have gone on record stating they support slots at racetracks.
Democratic candidate Rendell has stated he would use the revenue generated by slots to fund education and reduce property taxes, while Republican Fisher said he would funnel the slots revenue to the state Lottery Fund.
The candidates also differ as to why they would support slots legislation. Rendell has stated he is concerned about recapturing revenue that Pennsylvania loses when its gamblers cross state lines to play slots. In addition to slot machines at racetracks, and he has at times said he would consider riverboat gambling and Keno, a lottery-style game played at casinos.
Fisher pledges to veto any expansion of gambling beyond racetrack slot machines and views slots as simply a way to protect Pennsylvania's racing industry from competition in neighboring states.
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