Should Wynn Resorts Keep Building $2.5 Billion Encore Boston Harbor Casino? Poll Asks Mass. Voters
Gintautas Dumcius | MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass. | June 15, 2018 4:31pm
June 14--Asked whether Wynn Resorts should be allowed to keep building and operating its $2.5 billion casino north of Boston, 46 percent of likely Massachusetts voters said yes.
Thirty-eight percent said no, while 15 percent said they were undecided, according to a new poll from Suffolk University and the Boston Globe.
The poll also showed that 48 percent of women surveyed said they wanted Wynn Resorts gone from the projects, while 36 percent said the company should be allowed to continue to construct and operate the casino, which is going up in the city of Everett.
Casino mogul Steve Wynn stepped down from his company in early 2018, after the Wall Street Journal reported a pattern of sexual misconduct. He has denied the allegations.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is investigating who in the Wynn organization knew about the allegations and when they knew about it. The investigation is expected to wrap up sometime this summer.
Investigators with the Gaming Commission say a private settlement between Wynn and an individual was withheld from regulators, who awarded the lone eastern Massachusetts casino license to Wynn in September 2014.
Wynn Resorts has changed the name of the Boston area casino from Wynn Boston Harbor to Encore Boston Harbor, a nod to one of the company's other properties in Las Vegas.
The casino remains on track for completion in June 2019, less than a year after MGM Springfield opens.
Plainridge Park Casino, a slots parlor near the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border, has been open since June 2015.
The Suffolk poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage point. The poll surveyed 500 likely Massachusetts general election voters between June 8 and June 12.