Poll: Seventy-six percent (76%) of Muskegon Voters Support Casino Project

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May 27, 2022                 

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Muskegon, Mich. — A new poll released today shows that seventy-six percent of Muskegon County voters support the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians new casino project proposed for Fruitport Township. The poll showed that only 12% opposed the project and 12% were undecided.

The poll was released by Muskegon Jobs Now, a coalition of labor, business, education, local governments and community groups who have been advocates for the casino project for years.

“This poll just reaffirms what most of Muskegon already knew.  This project has broad community support and will be a welcomed economic catalyst for Muskegon,” said Ryan Bennett, President, West Michigan Building Trades.

Casino will be a popular attraction in Muskegon

The voters were also asked if they planned to visit the casino once it opened and overall sixty-six percent (66%) of the residents said they plan on being a customer.

“It’s exciting that 66% of those asked said they would visit the casino. This casino will bring not only jobs to our communities, but will give visitors another reason to choose Muskegon County when planning their vacations or meetings and events,” said Bob Lukens, Director of Visit Muskegon, the county’s convention and visitors bureau.

The fate of the casino project rests in the hands of Governor Whitmer. The Federal Government approved the project 17 months ago and has given her until June 16th to approve the casino or the proposed project ends.

The casino project will support 1,500 construction jobs and an additional 1500 full time jobs at the casino.

“With the Governor’s sign-off, we can create 3,000 jobs and the initial work can begin in months,” said Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema of the Little River Band.  

Casino facts:

Investment of $180 – $200 million

State Revenues: $15 million per year

Local Revenues: More then $3 million a year. 

Expected to attract over 1.8 million visitors per year

Poll Questions:

As you may know the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is proposing to build a casino in Fruitport Township. Do you support or oppose the casino?

Support:       76%

Oppose:         12%

Undecided     12%

If the casino is built, do you think you would visit the casino once it opened?

Yes:             66%

No:               21%

Undecided:   13%

The survey of 379 registered Muskegon County voters was conducted by recorded phone calls on May 26, 2022. This survey yields a sampling margin of error of ±4.2 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval.