Legal sports betting survey finds increased support

A growing number of Americans support legalizing professional sports betting, according to a new poll.

The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll found that 66% of Americans support betting on professional sports. That number is up 11 percentage points from 2017, a year before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for betting to expand to states beyond Nevada.

In 1993, support was only 41%, according to the newspaper.

Support for college sports betting is mixed, with just 49% approval in the new poll.

Since the Supreme Court ruling, sports betting has expanded to more than 30 states and Washington D.C. A majority of respondents (54%) said the expansion is ‘neither good nor bad’, with a equal split of 23% each calling it either “a good thing” or “a bad thing”.

Despite the general approval of sports betting, 71% are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the growing availability of betting, leading more people to become addicted to gambling.

A majority (64%) said they had never had a close friend or family member who gambled too much or too often, while 21% said they knew a family member, 14% knew a close friend and 4 % said they personally had a problem at some point.

Other survey results included:

— 37% are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the volume of online and TV ads for sports betting, which is more than those who are concerned about beer ads (25%) but less than those who are bothered by advertisements for prescription drugs (54%).

– 73% fear that the increase in betting will lead to more rigged or rigged games.

— Only 17% have placed a bet on a professional sporting event in the past five years. Only 9% bet on a college event.

— Unsurprisingly, 85% of those who placed a bet in the past five years said it made the game more interesting to watch.

— Of those who approve of sports betting, 68% support keeping the legal age at 21 instead of lowering it to 18.

The poll was conducted online May 4-17 among a random national sample of 1,503 adults, the Post said. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Contact Jim Barnes at jbarnes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @JimBarnesLV on Twitter.

About Charles D. Goolsby

Check Also

Administrators banned for abusing the dissolution procedure

The four directors were disqualified after they all got bounced loans before dissolving their companies …