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MPR Poll results: Gambling in Minnesota
Here are the complete poll results and methodology on the MPR-St. Paul Pioneer Press poll on the race for president, conducted Oct. 27-29, 2004.

QUESTION: In general, do you support or oppose having more casino-style gambling in Minnesota?

Option State Men Women
Support 30% 37% 23%
Oppose 58% 50% 66%
Undecided 12% 13% 11%

QUESTION: More specifically, which one of these options are you most in favor of regarding gambling in Minnesota?

Option Response
Remain as is: only Indian tribes can offer casino-style gambling 18%
Only tribes allowed to run casino gambling, but tribes give 25 percent of revenue to state 42%
Non-Indians allowed to offer casino-style gambling 32%
Not sure 8%

QUESTION: Gov. Tim Pawlenty has talked about allowing tribes to offer different types of gambling than they do now, and perhaps allowing tribes to operate casinos at new off-reservation sites. In return, Pawlenty is asking tribes to pay 25 percent of their gambling revenue to the state. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

Option State Men Women
Support 53% 56% 50%
Oppose 42% 42% 42%
Undecided 5% 2% 8%


The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29, 2004. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turnout by county. The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

Sample Figures:

Men 304 (49%)
Women 321 (51%)

Region Interviews
Hennepin/Ramsey counties 210 interviews
Twin Cities suburbs 150 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 70 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 60 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 70 interviews

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Poll Copyright 2004, Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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