New Jerseyans think the state has benefited from Atlantic City gambling, but they are less sure about the city itself, with 64 percent saying it’s been good for the state and 46 percent saying it’s been good for the city, according to the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Nevertheless, 52 percent of New Jerseyans do not believe the state should be involved improving the Atlantic City casino economy, while 42 percent say it should.
Those that have gambled in the city during the past year tend to be more supportive in general, with 72 percent saying gambling has been good for the state. The poll also showed that the younger people are, the more likely it is that they’ve gambled elsewhere in the past year.
The poll also seemed to show that Atlantic City has some work to do with marketing itself as a destination for recreation other than gambling. However, state residents do not have a negative opinion of it. Respondents seem to see Atlantic City as an average (47 percent) or above average (33 percent) venue for concerts and shows, and an average place (50 percent) or above average (25 percent) for restaurants.