Poll: Americans Split On Legalized Sports Betting

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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."