80% Support Legal Sports Betting Nationwide, New Poll Finds

80% Support Legal Sports Betting Nationwide, New Poll Finds
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By Bill Speros

Four in five Americans believe sports betting should be legal nationwide, a new poll finds.

This finding comes in a Seton Hall Sports Poll taken just 17 months after a Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for commercial legalized sports betting to be allowed on a state-by-state basis.

Fifty-five percent of the public supports the state-by-state process, with an additional 25 percent saying it should be legal in all states immediately, the poll found.

In February 2017, more than a year before the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that had effectively banned sports betting in most states, just 46% of respondents in a similar survey supported legalized sports betting nationwide.

That number has nearly doubled to 80% since.

“Public acceptance of legalized betting on sports is moving at a rapid pace, likely tied to court approval,” Seton Hall Sports Poll director Rick Gentile said in a statement. The poll is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall.

Just 16 percent of the 714 American adults surveyed in the Seton Hall Sports Poll said sports betting should not be legal. The poll was conducted on both landlines and mobile phones and has a +/-3.8 percent margin of error.

Of those surveyed last week, 44% believe betting should cover college and professional sports, while 35% of the respondents said the practice should be limited to just professional sports.

A majority of those polled, 58%, oppose the rule currently in place in New Jersey and New York that prohibits betting on the same-state schools. Just 32% support it.

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