STATE – While some New Jersey legislators may be excited about expanding Atlantic City gaming to the Internet, a majority of Garden State voters are against it.
According to the most recent statewide survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, about three in five New Jersey voters (58 percent) oppose allowing New Jersey casinos to run betting games over the internet for people in the state; just 31 percent are in favor of it, a two-to-one margin against. The younger the voter, the more likely he or she is to support internet gambling, but only those 30 and under show a majority in favor (57 percent-39 percent).
“Online gambling may be a good bet for new state revenue,” said Peter Woolley, director of the poll, “but lots of voters don’t think it’s a good bet for New Jersey households.”
Opposition to internet betting is widespread even though three-of-five voters (60 percent) support legal sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks, while just a quarter (26 percent) oppose it.
New Jersey voters are more open to the idea of selling lottery tickets online. In this case, though 48 percent oppose it, 43 percent are in favor of it, just a five point margin in opposition.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.
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