Nielsen Brothers Polling of Sioux Falls released another poll gauging reaction to the opening of Grand Falls Casino.
50% of those polled said they’d visit the casino within the next year — the other 50% said they’d never visit the “Las Vegas” style facility. Of the 50% that said they will visit, 8% said they plan to go at least once a month.
The NBP survey also asked if respondents would support a competing South Dakota casino if lost revenues lead to a cut in services or tax hikes. While a competing casino is supported by 26 percent, twice that number (53 percent) oppose it and 21 percent are undecided.
?Opposition to a competing South Dakota casino appears entrenched?, Nielson says, ?even as a large portion of Sioux Falls residents plan to make at least one trip down to the Iowa casino.?
There has been speculation that the SD Legislature might call a special session to deal with revenue loss from the Iowa casino….some even speculate that perhaps the Legislature might reverse the expanded smoking ban to help SD bars and casinos who’ve lost approximately 16% of their business since their private property rights were restricted. It’s anticipated that Grand Falls will cut into even more of their shrinking profits. Not to mention the sales tax money that the state stands to lose.
So what action should the state take….or should they just wait and see?
* Image from the Grand Falls Casino website