End The US Sports Betting Ban: Nearly Three Out Of Four Sports Fans Agree, AGA Survey Says

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Americans want legal sports betting

A majority of Americans are in favor of allowing states to decide whether to legalize sports betting, with avid sports fans even more likely to support such a move.

That’s according to a survey commissioned by the American Gaming Association, the casino group pushing for regulation of sports wagering around the US.

Perhaps the most shocking data: A minority of people are unaware of the current legality of sports betting in the US.

Attitudes toward legal sports betting in the US

The firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner conducted the national survey for the AGA. The questions revolved around people’s attitudes toward sports betting.

In particular, it polled sentiment toward PASPA, the federal law that prohibits single-game sports betting outside of Nevada.

The most interesting insight from the data might be the fact that only 38 percent recognize that it is not legal in most of the nation.

Here are the top-level takeaways from the poll:

The survey comes as the AGA makes a more focused push to legalize sports betting.

Other data from the sports betting survey

The poll went beyond just attitudes on the federal sports betting prohibition.

How many people bet on sports?

The survey also polled people’s current behaviors on sports betting.

Nearly one in five Americans (19 percent) say they have bet on sports in the past year. GQR says this figure is likely underreported.

The number rises to 45 percent for people classifying themselves as avid sports fans.

More engagement from sports betting

While we know sports betting increases fan engagement, the data here solidifies that idea.

Nearly all sports bettors report that when they bet on sports, they are more likely to:

Data falls in line with other polls

Any poll conducted by an interest group should be looked at with a bit of skepticism. But the data, while more positive, is not too far removed from other surveys: