ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (CBS) — Forty years after New Jersey approved legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City, a new poll shows Garden State residents feel they were dealt a bad hand.

Back in the 1970’s, gambling had been billed as an economic magic bullet.

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“The Quinnipiac University poll shows that New Jersey voters don’t think it worked that way,” said pollster Maurice Carroll.

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Carroll says 62 percent of those surveyed said casinos have not been good for New Jersey.

“[When asked] have [casinos] been good for Atlantic City, which was, of course, the center of this, 60 to 35 [said] no,” Carroll said.

So it’s not surprising that 79% are opposed to an expansion of casino gambling. This comes on the heels of a poll showing Governor Chris Christie with a dismal 19% approval rating.

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Despite that, 63% of New Jersey residents polled said the quality of life in the state is excellent or good.