Sports Betting Still Favored in New Jersey

Latest independent update on sports betting survey shows little change

Sportsbetting seems to have quite a support in the US state of New Jersey, according to a recent study conducted by the Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll.

The study examined 800 respondents, 52 percent of which approve of the legalization of sports betting which will be on the ballot for the November 8 referendum. 31 percent of respondents opposed the measure.

From the aspect of gender, 65 percent of male respondents were for the proposal, and 21 percent were against it, whereas 41 percent of women opposed the measure while 39 percent were for it; also, by age group, 61 percent of men aged 18 to 34 were in favor, and 26 percent against the measure, whereas 43 percent of women aged at least 55 were supportive, compared to 37 percent who were against it.

At the referendum, people will give their opinions on allowing horseracing tracks and casinos in the state to offer wagering on most professional, college and amateur sporting events with the exception of collegiate events taking place in New Jersey or involving teams from the eastern state. If the measure is approved, it will mean the abandonment of the state ban on sports betting under the 1992 federal Professional and Amateur Sports Promotion Act.

Despite his previous reluctance, if the measure is passed, Governor Chris Christie will have some tough decisions to make.

According to Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director for the PublicMind Poll, 'New Jerseyans are used to having gambling in the state and used to having it in Atlantic City. I think they see this as revenue for the state.'

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