New Jersey Residents Support Sports Betting

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Residents of New Jersey strongly support the legalization of sports betting, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll.

The poll surveyed 800 respondents at end of September and reveals that 52% of residents approve of legislation to legalize sports betting. 31% oppose the idea.

The legislation is slated to be on the November voting ballot, and will allow voters to decide whether to legalize betting on professional, college and amateur sports. Events taking place in New Jersey will be unable to be wagered on under the proposed law.

Peter Woolley, Director of the PublicMind Poll said, “New Jerseyans are used to having gambling in the state and used to having it in Atlantic City. I think they see this as revenue for the state.”

If the law passes at the ballot in November, New Jersey could abolish the state ban on sports betting under the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Promotion Act of 1992.