Political spin of casino referendum fools voters, poll finds

A poll shows that the unusually rosy wording of the referendum to legalize Las Vegas-type casinos appears to have loaded the dice for approval.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders facing a split electorate are promising jobs, tax cuts and school aid if voters approve the casino measure they want. All those benefits are disputed. But The Associated Press found earlier this month that the politicians had rewritten the referendum anyway to coax "yes" votes.

When the Siena College poll asked voters without the political spin if they favored authorizing several casinos, New York voters were split at 46 percent.

But when shown the glowing wording of the referendum, 55 percent approved it.

The poll questioned 807 voters Sept. 22-26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.