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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.
The firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner conducted the national survey for the AGA. The questions revolved around people’s attitudes toward sports betting.
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:
You can see all the survey results here.
The survey comes as the AGA makes a more focused push to legalize sports betting.
The poll went beyond just attitudes on the federal sports betting prohibition.
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.
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:
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: