According to a public opinion survey recently released by grassroots organization Casino Free Tyre, a majority of residents of Tyre in Seneca County said they oppose the siting of a casino in their community.

According to a public opinion survey recently released by grassroots organization Casino Free Tyre, a majority of residents of Tyre in Seneca County said they oppose the siting of a casino in their community.

Polling firm Clearview Research, commissioned by Casino Free Tyre, found that “more than 65 percent of residents are either undecided or opposed to the new casino,” and “only 20 percent feel it will have a positive impact on their daily life.”

Casino Free Tyre spokesman Jim Dawley said the findings show that “the people most directly affected — those who live, work and worship in this beautiful place — do not want a casino here.”

Dawley presented the poll findings to the New York State Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board on Sept. 24.

The poll was commissioned in response to a proposal by New York Developer Thomas Wilmot to put a casino in the rural farming community of Tyre. Florida-based Clearview Research conducted the poll of Tyre residents in mid September.