More than half of likely Texas voters like the idea of expanding casino gambling to help reduce the state's budget deficit, according to a telephone poll.
Rasmussen Reports asked 500 likely Texas voters were asked about ways to address the budget deficit on May 13.
The results: 57 percent favor legalizing casino gambling, 33 percent oppose it. The remaining 10 percent answered "not sure."
When asked if they were willing to pay higher taxes to address the budget deficit, 68 percent of the respondents said they weren't. Only 21 percent said "yes" with the remaining 11 percent "not sure."
The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.
Other polls of Texans in recent years have usually showed more than half back some form of expansion of legalized gambling in Texas.
Gambling advocates have been gearing up to make a renewed push in the 2011 Legislature by touting gaming's revenue-raising benefits in hard budget times. One state agency estimate that lawmakers could be facing an $18 billion shortfall in next year's legislative session.
Another poll released today looked at statewide races and found Republicans leading. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, an Internet survey of 800 registered voters found Gov. Rick Perry ahead of Democratic challenger Bill White 44-35.
The UT/Tribune poll was conducted May 14-20 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percent.