MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT LEGALISED ONLINE GAMBLING
19th December, 2013 at 01:55:37
New poll claims 65% are positive on internet gambling.
A new poll by the US-based Reason-Rupe organisation has found that 65% of US residents are positive on the issue of legalising online gambling, while 32% think the federal government should prohibit people from gambling in online poker games.
The poll results come at a crucial point in the evolution of the US online gambling industry as individual states press ahead with their own intrastate legalisation programs and federal legislators procrastinate on the matter or are locked in conflict over it (see previous reports).
Two federal legalisation bills, one for online poker only and one for wider online casino gambling and poker, currently languish in Congress and have achieved little traction this year.
The American Gaming Association and most of its large land casino members prefer a federal solution that embraces online poker only, but have acknowledged that due to the state-by-state initiatives the genie is out of the bottle and legalised online gambling is increasingly becoming a fait accompli.
The Reason-Rupe study found that independant supporters with a Republican bias are more likely to favour legalised online poker (75 percent). Democrats were the least likely to favour (58 percent). Regular Republicans (66 percent), non-partisan Independents (68 percent) and independent-leaning Democrats (65 percent) also favor legalising online poker.
Analysed by income, lower-paid Americans and those with a high school degree or less are most likely to favour the banning of online gambling (41 percent), but 56% still favour legalisation.
In contrast, only 21% of post-graduates and 31% of high-income Americans favour banning, (73% and 66% favour legalisation respectively).
Support for legalised online gambling appears to decline with age; roughly 70% Americans under 55 favour legalisation compared to 56% of those over 55 years of age.
The Reason-Rupe survey was conducted via a nationwide telephone poll between December 4-8 2013 in which a sample of 1011 adults were interviewed on both mobile (506) and landline (505) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7 percent.
Princeton Survey Research Associates International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey.
In related news, a Pokerscout and Academicon study has predicted that California is a prime venue for online gambling due to its large population and individual average income levels.
The survey predicts that if the state were to legalise and regulate online poker alone, as much as $263 million could be earned during the first operational year, escalating to just over $380 million in ten years.
There are several online poker legalisation bills still trapped in the California state Legislature, but movement on the issue is widely expected to be achieved next year.
To conduct the study, Pokerscout-Academicon researchers used information from figures based from 2009 to 2010 when poker was at its prime in the US before Black Friday.
The study found that 178,300 players in online game play were able to create $867 each year in revenues for operators. This totaled $155 million. One author of the study, Professor Kahlil Philander, commented that with regulation, online poker would be expected to grow beyond the previous peak.
Dr. Ingo Fiedler, a second author of the study, opined that the size of the California market will depend greatly on whether the player pool is limited to in-state, or if a federal or international network for players becomes possible.
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