By Gintautas Dumcius
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE -- Voters in eastern Massachusetts favor Mohegan Sun's proposal for a casino on the Revere side of Suffolk Downs over the Wynn Resorts' proposal on the Mystic River in Everett, according to a new poll.
The poll, obtained by the News Service, was commissioned by Mohegan Sun and shows 50 percent of voters preferring Mohegan Sun's proposal, compared to 22 percent for the plan offered by Wynn Resorts. The two entities are squaring off for a Region A license, which will be awarded by the state's gambling commission.
Thirty-five percent of voters would vote to repeal the casino law if the question makes it onto the ballot, with 58 percent saying they would vote against a casino law repeal, the poll said. The Supreme Judicial Court is weighing whether it should be placed on the ballot after Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled it ineligible.
"However, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision about the Region A license could influence the outcome of a repeal effort," Chris Anderson, president of Anderson Robbins Research, wrote in a memo summarizing the poll. "If voters get their second choice for a casino in the Boston area, they will likely be much more open to repealing the law altogether."
The survey of 412 registered voters in "Region A" - Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex and Worcester counties - was conducted between June 6 and June 8, on landlines and cell phones.
The poll showed voters are aware of the battle for an eastern Massachusetts casino license, with 71 percent saying they are following the news "somewhat closely."
The poll also included favorable and unfavorable for elected officials and candidates for governor.
Coakley had a 59 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable rating. Her rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Treasurer Steve Grossman, had a 32 percent favorable/17 percent unfavorable rating. Charlie Baker, the frontrunner in the Republican gubernatorial primary, garnered a 46 percent favorable/21 percent unfavorable rating. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's favorable rating was 70 percent, with 11 percent unfavorable.