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People favor casinos, but not nearby: poll

By Crystal Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Most Taiwanese favor gaming facilities to help boost job opportunities and tourism revenue, but prefer the establishments be away from their communities, a survey by Chinatrust Real Estate Co (中信房屋) showed yesterday.

A total of 77 percent of respondents in the survey supported the idea of a special gaming zone where casinos and other facilities can be built to create jobs and bring in tourism income, Chinatrust Real Estate said.

The survey was conducted between Feb. 22 and March 3, after Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) suggested the government consider setting up a special gaming zone in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Tamsui District (淡水), instead of in Matsu, to maximize economic benefits.

Only 23 percent of respondents opposed the establishment of gaming facilities, saying that they would affect real-estate values because of potential social problems, the survey said.

Of those in favor of casinos, 40 percent of respondents expressed the wish that they be established in places other than their own community out of fear they would have a negative impact on their daily lives, while another 38 percent said their presence would boost real-estate values, given the increase in job opportunities and retail sales, the survey showed.

Taoyuan Aerotropolis was named the best venue, favored by 20 percent of respondents.

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