Majority of Kingston Residents Oppose a Casino in Kingston

Most prefer a referendum on a new casino than City Council approval.

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A new random telephone survey of 505 Kingston residents commissioned by 1000 Islands Accommodation Partners  (TIAP) and conducted by independent polling firm Abacus Data finds that among residents with an opinion about a new casino in Kingston, a large majority (60%) are opposed to plans to build a new casino.  Only four in ten Kingston residents (40%) support a new casino in the city.


More significant, the percentage of respondents strongly opposed to a casino in Kingston is far greater than the number who strongly support a casino (40% strongly oppose vs. 16% strongly support).

“Although Kingston City Council is considering whether to approve a new OLG casino in the city, most of Kingston’s residents do not want one built in the city,” said David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.  “Most Kingston residents are opposed to a new casino and there are almost three times as many residents who are strongly opposed as there are who strongly support a Kingston casino.”

After respondents were told that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said that she wants municipalities to have autonomy to decided whether they want a casino or not, respondents were asked who should have the final say in whether a casino is built in Kingston.

Overall, 78% of respondents said they thought Kingston residents should have the final say about a casino through a referendum while 18% believed that Kingston City Council should have the final say.

“Kingston residents want to have a say in whether the city approves a new casino,” said Coletto.  “This view is so important to residents that even two thirds of those who support a casino think there should be a referendum.”KingstonCasino_Feb2012_RELEASEPPT

“At this point, opposition to a casino is quite strong and is the majority view in Kingston,” said Coletto.  “If Kingston City Council approves a new casino and OLG obliges, they will both be going against the will of Kingston residents.”


The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted February 13-15, 2013, among a random sample of 505 adults 18 years of age or older living in the City of Kingston.  The survey was conducted by live interviewers in Ottawa, Ontario.

The statistics of a random sample of 505 respondents are accurate to within 4.5 percentage points, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.

For more information about the poll’s methodology or the results, please contact David Coletto, CEO at or 613-232-2806.


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Insight Innovation Competition 2013 – Help Sean Copeland get to the IIeX conference!

I like to think of myself as an independently capable person, but there always comes a time when you need help from your family, friends and peers. Please help me!


Help Sean Copeland get to the Insight Innovation Exchange North America by voting for our submissionto the Insight Innovation Competition.


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“Imagined and organized by GreenBook, the Insight Innovation Competition helps budding entrepreneurs bring disruptive ideas to life, while connecting brands to fresh and untapped sources of competitive advantage through deeper consumer understanding.” – 

Here are the top 5 reasons why Sean Copeland needs to go to the Insight Innovation Exchange NA in Philadelphia on June 17-19, 2013:

  1. We are currently in the lead to present our RetailSenses concept at the conference as part of the Insight Innovation Competition, which has led to funding, partnerships, new clients, and global brand exposure for others in the past. Talking  about the funding, we know, how it is difficult for the new businesses with entirely new concepts to gain the confidence of the investors! It is because no one wants to risk their financial position by supporting a concept whose success is not assuredly guaranteed, at least, as of now! The best example is the scenario of the cryptocurrencies, which although seems to be a futuristic concept, still received with speculations that affect the participation rate of the population!If you are one such person, who although attracted by the concept of the cryptocurrencies, still receive them only with hesitations then, here is the better way to participate in the cryptocurrency investment market by carefully guarding your position with the help of the automated crypto robots!Read Full Report on the same to gain enough knowledge on the subject!
  2. One of our international technology partners ( has a booth there and is also presenting. This provides us with many opportunities to be introduced in-person by this partner to potential clients working in Canada and elsewhere.
  3. Everyone attending this event is eager to discuss new types of technology offerings. “We connect new thinkers driving innovation with seasoned practitioners looking for better ways to engage consumers, make sense of big data, leverage new technologies, and overcome business challenges.”
  4. Attending the event gives us the opportunity to blog about it beforehand, during and after for those who can’t make it.
  5. The organizer (Lenny Murphy) spoke with me personally and said that I have to come. I do want to go.


Thank you in advance for your kind support!