ANTI-GAMBLING STANCE SOFTENING IN NEW JERSEY POLL
21st March, 2013 at 00:28:52
Smaller percentage opposed
According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll released today (Wednesday), 46% of 702 registered New Jersey votes are opposed to the State's recent moves in legalising internet betting while 41% support the practice, seemingly a softened stance as a poll taken two years ago revealed 67% against the pastime.
"It's possible that the growth in support for the practice is a consequence of the legislation's passage," said Krista Jenkins, the poll's director and a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "Voters may be accepting the inevitable, or have acquired new information that brought about a change of heart, given the heightened exposure any new legislation brings with it."
According to the survey, 66% of pro-internet gambling respondents said the additional revenue for the state is their primary reason for supporting it while only 10% cited the convenience of being able to gamble online.
The main concern amongst respondents who are anti-internet gambling was the potentially harmful effects of the pastime including compulsive gambling.
Respondents believe that individual States are better equipped to make decisions on introducing internet gambling and issues such as legalising sports betting.
"Right now, only a handful of states are permitted to allow legalized sports betting, and New Jersey is not one of them," Jenkins said. "New Jersey voters clearly see this as an example of federal overreach into state sovereignty. In a rare moment of agreement, voters of both parties agree the federal government should stay out of the matter and let New Jersey have its spoils."
On the topic of legalised sportsbetting, common objections raised by respondents was potential corruption in college athletic programmes, compulsive gambling and the potentially negative effect on individuals and families.
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