Poll Results

95% of Massachusetts residents think retail businesses are important to the State’s economy.


1. Thinking about the State’s economy how important are retail businesses?

Very Important      63%
Somewhat important      32%
Not Very Important      3%
Not Important at all      2%

51% of Massachusetts residents strongly support the Massachusetts State Lottery.

2. How strongly do you support the Massachusetts Lottery?

Very      9%
Somewhat      42%
Not Very      19%
Not at all      25%
DK      15%

80% of Massachusetts residents think there is enough access to the lottery

3. Do you think people who want to play the lottery have enough access to it, or do you think the lottery needs to be expanded?

Enough access      80%
ENeeds to be expanded      6%
It should be less available/no lottery volunteered      7%
Not sure      7%

80% of Massachusetts residents do not support expanding the Massachusetts State Lottery to the internet.

4. How strongly do you support expanding the State’s lottery to the Internet?

Very      5%
Somewhat      7%
Not Very      11%
Not at All      69%
DK      8%

Of those that support expansion, 71% would no longer support expanding the lottery at all if it would have a negative impact on their neighborhood store.

IF VERY OR SOMEWHAT
5. What if I told you the expansion of the lottery to the Internet would have a negative impact on your neighborhood store? Now how strongly do you support expansion of the lottery to the Internet?

Very      3%
Somewhat      9%
Not Very      9%
Not at All      71%
DK      8%

90% of Massachusetts residents do not support allowing people to pay for internet lottery games with their credit card.

6. How about allowing people to pay for Internet lottery games with their credit cards?

Very      2%
Somewhat      1%
Not Very      6%
Not at All      84%

90% of Massachusetts residents do not support allowing people to link the payment of internet lottery to their bank accounts.

7. Allowing people to link the payment of Internet lottery games to their bank accounts? cards?

Very      0%
Somewhat      3%
Not Very      20%
Not at All      70%
DK      7%

65% of Massachusetts residents think stores are more capable of protecting kids.

8. Opponents of Internet gambling say the current lottery system requires brick-and-mortar retailers to check the identification of players to verify their age which is the safest way to protect children.
Supporters of the Internet lottery proposal say online gaming is the future and tools exist to prevent children from playing and players from overspending.
What do you think? Is online gaming the future or are local store owners more capable of protecting kids and problem gamblers?

Online      20%
Stores      65%
DK      15%

55% of poll respondents believe Massachusetts already has an oversaturated gambling market.

9. Some folks believe that Massachusetts already has an oversaturated gambling market, with casinos and fantasy sports games coming. Expanding the Lottery to the Internet will have a negative impact on the businesses, jobs and revenue supported by our existing businesses. Others say this is a low-cost option, people like it, and it’s a potential source of income for the state in tough economic times. What do you think? Oversaturated or a low-cost tax option?

Oversaturated      55%
A low-cost tax option      30%
DK      15%


Princeton Research Associates
A total of 550 interviews were completed March 14-19, 2017 using randomly selected frequent voters from across the state. The telephone sample was an RDD telephone list of frequent voters with 60% land based telephone numbers and 40% cellular telephone numbers generated from a statewide RDD telephone sample. LCD designed the questionnaire and the interviews were conducted from a central location. The poll employed sampling strategies in which selection probabilities were proportional to voter registration size within area codes and exchanges within those area codes. Cooperation rates were then calculated using one of the American Association of Public Opinion Research’s approved methodologies for cell phone use and household size and are comparable to other professional public-opinion surveys conducted using similar sampling strategies. The margin of error is +/- 4.5% percentage points for the total statewide sample. Weighting was applied for Gender, Age, and Political Party Affiliation.