Economy
2:23 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Poll Shows Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Gambling

Gov. Beshear has long advocated some form of expanded gambling in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear has long advocated some form of expanded gambling in Kentucky.

A recently-released poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians support expanded gambling.

In the Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll, 60 percent of those polled said they support expansion. For the first time, a majority Eastern Kentucky resident support gambling. 

The support is for a so-called clean gambling bill, which would not include any protections for horse racing tracks.

That's the approach Governor Steve Beshear is planning for his next gambling push. But opponents of gambling say any potential bill will fail because supporters can’t choose a single strategy. Also, only one track, Churchill Downs, has endorsed Beshear's plan.