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Poll: Americans Split Over Pot, Oppose Web Gambling

Public Opinion Largely Unchanged On This Since 2010


There is unfortunately some more ammunition for online gambling opponents in the United States, most notably Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson.

A opinion poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey found that Americans are divided on whether to legalize pot for recreational use, but strongly oppose the legalization of online gambling. (It is worth noting that online gambling is still happening across the country thanks to many offshore sites catering to Americans.)

As reporting from the Associated Press pointed out, half of Americans favor legalizing marijuana use, while 27 percent support legalizing Internet gambling in the 47 states that don’t allow it. Just Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legal online gambling.

“These two issues are very similar in that both Internet gambling and marijuana use is taking place whether regulated or not, but Americans do not have the appetite or munchies for legalizing Internet gambling as they do for marijuana,” the director of the poll said.

Another interesting figure: 65 percent of respondents are not closely following news about Internet gambling, but the vast majority are following the pot issue.

The opposition to online gambling has pretty much remained constant since 2010.

The nationwide poll of 1,151 adults ages 18 and older who reside in the United States was conducted by telephone with both landline and cellphones from April 21-27.

It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Currently, states such as California, New York and Pennsylvania are considering legalizing online gambling for residents within their respective borders.

Many efforts have been made to legalize online poker nationwide, but many expect that issue to be drawing pretty much dead on Capitol Hill these days.



over 6 years ago

There still needs to be discussion on what constitutes online gambling. I oppose all forms of online gambling but I do support online poker. Poker should not be considered a form of gambling but if it came down to a vote that grouped poker with gambling, then I'd vote against legalization also.