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A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll shows that Americans are evenly split in support and opposition to legalized sports betting on a national level.
The study sampled 855 registered voters across the United States through a telephone poll that was held between November 29th and December 5th. The margin of error in the poll is +/- 3.5%.
The poll shows:
42% support sports betting on a national level, while 42% oppose it.
16% have mixed opinions on the matter.
Sports gamblers support legalizing sports betting by a 71-23% margin.
Non sports bettors oppose the legalization 46-36%.
Men are more likely to support sports betting legalization than women.
Voters under 45 are more likely to support sports betting than older voters.
Men and women oppose online betting games by a margin of 2 to 1.
The poll's Director, Peter Wooley commented on the study, saying "Gambling has become, for good or ill, a national industry, and you can bet that politicians and casinos all over the country are closely following New Jersey 's plans."