Civitas Poll: Voters Support Live Dealer Games at Cherokee Casino

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Raleigh, N.C. – Sixty-four percent of North Carolina voters support the state allowing the Cherokees to offer live dealer games like Blackjack and Poker, according to a poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

The Cherokee Native American Reservation in Western North Carolina has a gambling casino whose games are all played on electronic machines.  There is a proposal to allow the Cherokees to have live dealer games such as Blackjack and Roulette, similar to Las Vegas.  Sixty-four percent of voters said they support it, 26 percent said they oppose the idea and 10 percent said they do not know or have no opinion.

There is broad support across all voter breakdowns for live dealer games at the Cherokee Reservation.  Looking at key regions, voters in Charlotte (73 percent) and the Southeast (69 percent) most support the proposal.  Seventy-seven percent of voters age 56-65 support it, along with 74 percent of 18-25 year olds and the 26-40 demographic (71 percent).  Additionally, there is bipartisan support among party registrants: Unaffiliated (68 percent – 23 percent), Democrats (65 percent – 22 percent), and Republicans (60 percent – 33 percent).

“This shows very strong voter support for allowing the Cherokee Nation to negotiate a new compact with North Carolina to allow Las Vegas style gambling,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.

Furthermore, 65 percent of voters say their opinion on this issue most aligns with those who cite a University of North Carolina study funded by the Cherokees which says that by allowing the casino to add dealers and table games, 400 jobs could be created and demand increased for dining and hotels.  Twenty-five percent of voters said allowing live dealer games will contribute to an increase in problem gambling, more crime and other social problems.

“At a minimum, this poll shows that the lure of jobs outweighs concerns over the social costs,” added De Luca.  “This could also be another sign of how much North Carolina has changed demographically and socially.”

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina.  For more information on Civitas polling see

Full Text of Questions:

“The Cherokee Native American Reservation in Western North Carolina has a gambling casino. The gambling games it currently offers are all played on electronic machines. There is a proposal to allow the Cherokees to have live dealer games such as blackjack and roulette like they have in Las Vegas. Would you support the state of North Carolina allowing the Cherokees to offer live dealer games like blackjack, poker, roulette and other games?”

Total Support – 64%

Total Oppose – 26%

Strongly Support – 38%

Somewhat Support – 26%

Somewhat Oppose – 7%

Strongly Oppose – 19%

Don’t Know/ No Opinion – 10%


“Which of the following statements comes closer to your opinion when it comes to allowing live dealer games at the Cherokee Native American Reservation?”

25% – Some/other people say that allowing live dealer games will contribute to an increase in problem gambling, lead to increased crime and other social problems and will not be worth the additional costs imposed on society and families

65% – Some/other people cite a UNC study funded by the Cherokees which states that by allowing the casino to add dealers and table games they may create up to 400 jobs and increase demand for services like dining and hotels and would allow the North Carolina casinos to compete on a level playing field with out of state casinos

7% – Don’t Know/Refused

1% – Don’t Care

Click here for full results and crosstabs.

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted July 12-13, 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ.  All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina.  For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.


This article was posted in Press Releases by Katie Trout on July 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    TINA JONES Aug 05, 2011 at 14:56

    I travel to Cherokee at least once monthly to play..I enjoy 3 card poker but I will not play electronically…if Cherokee has live dealers, I would play plus I would play Blackjack too.

    I think it would benefit everyone!!!!!

  • 2

    Pam Aug 08, 2011 at 16:50

    I travel all over just to play live Blackjack and other card games. I would go to my local Casino (cherokee) more if they had it there.

  • 3

    Richard Aug 09, 2011 at 3:17

    I have been playing “live table games” for over 30years in Vegas, Reno,Tahoe and L.A area Indian Casinos.But recently I moved to Tennesse and when I went to Cherokee Harrah’s,they only have “Electronic table games” and this is a total “Joke” or “Insult” to High roller Casino live game Lovers like me. So I don’t even go near any table games there.Instead I just play the slot machines despite of any chances of winning is very slim to none.I don’t even feel like going to Cherokee Harrah’s anymore. As a matter of fact, I’m going to STOP going to Cherokee and Start going to Tunica,Mississippi casinos although it’s twice the distance from my house.

  • 4

    Jason Sep 20, 2011 at 10:54

    I have been a blackjack dealer for 15 years and have been wanting to work at Cherokee Casino ever since. Unfortunatly I am still waiting for N.C. to sign a compact and increase job growth and revenue for all parties. I worked for the Tohono O’odham tribe in Arizona and have seen the massive success of their table games. What a role model Arizona has been for tribal gaming. Bring it to North Carolina.

  • 5

    Matt Oct 07, 2011 at 1:32

    There is no reason why Cherokee should not have Live Dealers. Why make people drive to Mississippi or West Virginia to Play real Cards. Let the Money stay in NC. The state is only hurting itself the longer it waits. A World Series of Poker Event with Digital Cards? What a JOKE. The Cards come out so Fishy… not Pure at all

    What person would want to give their money away like that

    I played 6 or 7 hours and was about even…nothing special…Folded alot of HANDS that most people wouldnt… So eventually it deals me AJ of suit in the Big Blind. Flop has 3 hearts….My ace was a Heart… Turn was a heart. NO PAIR ON THE BOARD I get put ALL in, I have the NUTS. River 8 hearts this Dude shows me 8 9 10 J Q Hearts…

    NO WAY I really just lost a $780 pot to this Rigged Poker Pro Table. I drove all the way home Shaking Stunned and How Set up a game could really be.

    Without PURE Live Poker with Cards you can TOUCH, Harras Cherokee is nothing more than Hick Vegas. People accept it. Ignorant, Ignorant People.

  • 6

    james gray
    james gray Dec 26, 2011 at 11:09

    i would like to know when they are planning on have the real card game

  • 7

    RANDY S.
    RANDY S. Dec 27, 2011 at 12:49

    We live about an hour and a half from Cherokee and go there every couple of months. But we are anxiously awaiting the live cards. I have played in Vegas, New Jersey, Tunica, Calif casinos and Macau several times. Nothing compares to live cards no matter how much they try… Hopefully sometime in 2012 they will actually have live cards. Also, when playing the drinks should be free just like in any casino in the USA…

  • 8

    tim s.
    tim s. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:35

    did not see anything about craps table will they offer craps

  • 9

    Gabriel Living Jr
    Gabriel Living Jr Feb 18, 2012 at 19:44

    Is there a positive move and timetable for “Live” table games?

    Pretty Please?

    Table Man

  • 10

    ferris mcmanus
    ferris mcmanus Apr 13, 2012 at 17:37

    I play most table games and poker tournments from n.j to tunica,
    new orleans. Live dealers would be great plus more jobs

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