58% oppose casinos - poll

58% oppose casinos - poll

Nearly 60% of people polled by Bangkok University this week disapprove of the idea of legalising casinos.

The Bangkok Poll was carried out June 17-18 with 1,093 people aged 18 and over throughout the country to gauge the response to an idea floated by a dozen National Reform Committee members and backed by the national police chief.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's told the media to "ask the people" how they felt about it. The answer was pretty clear.

They survey showed 58.5% of respondents said they did not agree with the idea while 35.1% approved and 6.4% had no comment.

Of the majority opposing to the idea, 19.5% said they disliked gambling and did not want to see casinos, believing they were immoral; 13.5% said casinos would addict more people to gambling; 11.1% said legalised casinos would lure new gamblers; 10.6% said they would cause more crime and loan-shark problems; and 1.7% said existing laws are not sufficient to regulate casinos.

Among supporters, 14.8% said they would deter Thai gamblers from travelling abroad; 8.2% said legalised casinos would turn people away from illegal gambling; 5.9% said revenue from casinos could be used for national development; 2.1% said casinos would attract more tourists into the country; and 1.7% said casinos could help create jobs.

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