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With New York sports betting slowly becoming a reality, it appears not all voters in the state feel the same way about betting from their smartphones.
For those out of the loop, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) recently gave approval to preliminary rules and regulations to allow sports betting at the state’s four commercial casinos.
The poll, conducted by phone Feb. 4 to 7, surveyed 778 registered voters and has an overall margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.
Voters were asked:
“The state is expected to soon allow sports betting at the four upstate commercial casinos. Do you support or oppose broadening the sports betting law to allow for online sports betting?”
“Voters, aware that the state is expected to soon allow sports betting at the four upstate commercial casinos, are evenly divided on broadening the sports betting law to allow for online betting,” said Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute.
There are some that associate sports betting with the age-old saying, “you have to bet big to win big.”
Last month, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo made sports betting part of his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. However, Cuomo has recently dialed back on his initial projections due to slipping tax revenues.
Rules and regulations to govern sports betting are currently in 60-review period.
Senator Joseph Addabbo, a Democrat, who chairs the Senate’s gaming committee, has vowed to push the committee to permit an online component. Addabbo said sports betting could be used as an economic vehicle to increase education funding and create new jobs.
“Without the online aspect in sports betting, we’re really shortchanging our state. We’ve got to figure out a way to interpret our constitution more broadly to incorporate the mobile aspect. Hopefully the governor can get on the same page.”
His colleague, Assembly Gary Pretlow plans to push for online wagering and believes the legislature will not need a constitutional amendment to do so.