More than 80% of Americans now favor sports gambling legalization
The number is significantly higher than what was uncovered two years ago
In 2017, about 46% of all Americans favored legalizing sports gambling across the country. That was per a poll conducted by Seton Hall, but the times change and last year’s reversal of PASPA by the Supreme Court may have a lot to do with the current sentiment. According to a new poll, the figure has almost doubled from where it was two years ago.
A survey conducted from September 30 to October 2, 80% now support legalization. 55% believe that the states should be able to set their own gambling fate, while 25% believe the federal government should step in and make a law to legalize the activity throughout the country.
Not surprisingly, younger generations are more supportive of legalized gambling than are the older ones. The survey showed that 37% of 18-29-year-olds want federal legalization and just 14% of those 60 years old or older would support such a move.
The poll was conducted through a phone survey and could certainly see different results if it were run again. Only 714 adult Americans responded to the phone-based survey, which is a miniscule sample based on the population of the country and isn’t enough to draw a truly accurate conclusion. However, it’s a good place to start and, since we already know that more than 70% of the population will live in gambling states within the next two to three years, the results seem to be in line with changes that are being seen in the country.