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Poll Shows Californians Want Online Poker

A new poll of 520 registered voters in California shows that a majority of voters in the Golden State support online gambling legalization.

The poll was issued by the Field Poll and took a random sample of 520 voters from September 1-12. The poll shows the majority of voters, 53% overall support online poker legalization, with 41% opposing the idea.

Voters under the age of 40 are much more likely to support the legalization and regulation of the card game, with overall support by voters under 40 jumping to 73%.

Proponents of the legislation, which is sitting in front of the California Legislature, say that it will bring millions of dollars annually to support the state. Many opponents of the bill believe that the legalization of online poker would harm Indian Casinos and not do enough to combat problem gambling.

The full results of the poll can be found at http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_field24.20d8043.html .

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27 September 2011 - 12:04pm

I think that the sample, no matter how random it is, consisting of just 520 registered users is not enough to generalize the results of the poll for the whole California, therefore the difference between 53% and 41 % is not big enough to claim that Californians Want Online Poker!

Anyway, I do not argue that everyone wants online poker, but I do not say that based on the poll results discussed above.

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29 September 2011 - 1:04am

Actually if the sample is truly random then 520 is probably more than enough. The sample size will affect the confidence levels of the statistics and the margin of error. I checked the survey page and it says this:


Today's poll was conducted for The Press-Enterprise and other California media subscribers Sept. 1-12 among a random sample of 520 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.

So the 53% figure could be as low as 48.4% or as high as 57.6%. Either way it would still be more than the number of people opposing it (there is also a percentage of people who apparently have "no opinion", rather than opposing it).

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29 September 2011 - 8:13am

It's clear now, I thought 41 % said no, 53%said yes and the rest 6% expressed no opinion.