SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield voters will be going back to the polls in less than three weeks, this time to determine the fate of MGM's proposed casino project.
In April , the 22News I-Team conducted a casino poll in West Springfield and on Tuesday we surveyed hundreds of Springfield voters.
MGM wants Springfield residents to vote yes this July, question is, will you?
To find out, the 22News I-Team conducted a poll during the Special U.S. Senate election to see if people plan to vote yes or no to MGM's south end proposal. We stood outside 4 different polling locations throughout the city.
To get a fair sample, we needed to talk to at least 600 registered voters in Springfield and throughout the day we got a variety of responses.
After polling 600 voters, we found 49% plan to vote yes, 35% plan to vote no and 16% are still undecided.
By precinct we found:
Greenleaf Community Center
Forest Park Library
Carew St. Boys & Girls Club
JFK Middle School
We showed our results to Kevin Kennedy, the city's Chief Development Officer, who was surprised so many still haven't made up their minds.
As for the yes majority, MGM's Kelley Tucky says she expected we'd find that.
"The good news there is when we did more formal polling, we had actually a slightly higher margin of yes vs. no, but I think your numbers are good," Tucky said.
If you vote on July 16th you'll find a 4 page ballot written in both English and Spanish. It's got a lot of information on there but all they're looking for is yes or no.
Tucky is optimistic the margin between yes and no will grow in the next few weeks as more people see MGM's plans up close.
Springfield voters have been faced with a casino referendum twice in the past and both times shot it down, however Kennedy points out circumstances have changed quite a bit.
"It's not just a moral question, it has benefits attached to it when you put it on the ballot, meaning the host community agreement is out there for everyone to see. So, I think that's the difference between now and 20 years ago," Kennedy said.
There is still time for people to change their minds.
MGM has a number of events planned to get the details of their proposal out there and answer your questions.
Kennedy say from the city's standpoint, they just want people to get out and vote so your voice is heard.
The election is on July 16th.