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Poll: Half Of Americans Favor Legal Sports Betting

New Survey Confirms Popularity Of Wagering On Sports


With an unregulated U.S. sports betting market of around $145 billion, it’s no surprise that a new poll shows that nearly 50 percent of Americans support the activity being legal.

According to a poll released Thursday from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, 48 percent are in favor of changing federal laws so all states could legalize sports betting, compared to 39 percent who oppose the idea.

The results are basically unchanged from four years ago, the school said.

The poll was conducted by landline and cell phone from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2016 among a random national sample of 1,019 adults. The school said that the results have a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.

The results come just days after a Congressman from New Jersey said he will soon introduce legislation to expand sports betting past just Nevada and Delaware.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 limited sports betting to just a few states. Nevada is the only one to allow single-game betting.

The amount wagered at Silver State sports books will be around $5 billion in 2016.

Oregon and Montana are also allowed, under PASPA, to have sports betting.

The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s top lobbying group on Capitol Hill, has made federal sports betting reform its top initiative.

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