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TALLAHASSEE — A new poll shows Florida voters approve of bringing Las Vegas style casinos to the state by a small margin and nearly three-fourths say gambling is not morally wrong.

Independents, Democrats and men most strongly supported the idea of having casinos in Florida while Republicans and women were nearly evenly divided on the subject.

A random telephone survey of 1,412 registered voters taken from Jan. 4-8 by Quinnipiac University showed 48 percent in favor of casino gambling in the state compared to 43 percent who were opposed. However, 61 percent said they believed casinos would be good for the state's economy to 33 percent who disagreed. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

The Legislature begins its examination of the issue Tuesday.

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