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Adelson-Sponsored Survey is BogusPublished May 16, 2015 by Elana K
The results of a recent survey conducted by Harper Rolling in Pennsylvania state the public is against the legalization of online gambling. The survey, however, is strongly biased.
The results of a recent survey conducted in Pennsylvania regarding the public’s opinion about online gambling seem to be bogus. The survey was commissioned by Sheldon Adelson, notorious online gambling opponent and founder of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG), and it was conducted by Harper Rolling, a research house with well-known Republican leanings.
The survey was commissioned by Adelson shortly after last month’s hearing of Rep. John Payne’s AB 649, a bill that would legalize online poker in the Keystone State. The bill was received quite positively, which is probably what sparked Adelson to action.
Harper Rolling said that the survey included results from 513 registered voters in Pennsylvania, who were contacted via phone between April 22nd and April 27th, 2015. The company, did not, however, publish the full script used for the actual survey. They did, however, publish results, which stated, “A resounding 73% of voters in Pennsylvania oppose legalizing online gambling. Opposition increases to 75% among Republicans, 78% among women and self-identified Conservatives, and 81% among Independents.”
Also published by Harper Rolling were some of the statements that were read to those being surveyed before being asked whether they are pro or anti-online gambling. These statements are so obviously leading, it's actually strange that they published them.
"Legalizing online gambling in Pennsylvania will make it easy for children to be exposed to and participate in gambling, since it is nearly impossible to prevent minors from gambling online."
"As the FBI told Congress last year, 'online casinos are vulnerable to a wide array of criminal schemes,' and 'may provide more opportunities for criminals to launder illicit proceeds with increased anonymity.'"
John Payne commented on the survey results, “I don’t hold much credibility to the survey because of the way it was done. The entire poll is designed and orchestrated to give the answers they want.”
Shelson Adelson has been the most outspoken opponent to the legalization of online gambling in the United States, vowing to spend “whatever it takes” to stop it and founding the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling in 2014. Ironically, Adelson made his own fortune as owner of Las Vegas Sands, and is currently under investigation for collaborating with Chinese organized crime in Macau.