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At the Three-Quarter Poll

9 September 1998

With a quarter of a year to go and elections coming up in November, polls are popping up all over the place.

In California, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that if Proposition 5, which would give the state's 107 Indian tribes the right to establish casinos and get slot machines, were voted on now it would carry. The paper's poll showed 54% of voters favoring the measure, 29% opposing it, and 17% undecided, with a 4% margin of error. The tribes have poured some $25 million into advertising supporting the referendum, and they say 97% of the money opposing it has come from Nevada casinos. When the Press-Enterprise asked voters if they thought the Indian ads were truthful, 52% said yes and only 15% said no. When asked if they thought the casino-backed ads were truthful, 49% said no and 10% said yes. The others were undecided or thought the ads were a little of both. In Missouri, voters are evenly split on legalizing casino 'boats in moats' but oppose closing them by 54.6%.

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