Siena Study Shows Split Opinion for NY Sports Betting

Siena Study Shows Split Opinion for NY Sports Betting

The Siena College Research Institute revealed a survey which showed that the state of New York is undecided about the thought of legal online sports gambling.

The results could not have been more even, with 44% of voters showing both support and opposition on the topic. The remaining 12% were undecided or had no opinion on the matter.

The survey should be taken with a grain of salt though, as there were only 778 survey participants. The survey broke participants down in multiple categories such as income, race, religion, age and much more.

Siena's Survey Says...

The highest support total for New York online sports betting came from the age range of 35-54-year-olds, voting 55 percent in favor. However, once the age range moved to 55 or higher, a majority of voters opposed online sports betting at 58 percent.

Online Sports Betting Approval by Age

Stance 18-34 35-54 55+
Support 51% 55% 32%
Oppose 33% 37% 58%
No Opinion 16% 8% 11%

Men also seemed to support the thought of online sports betting, as 53 percent of male voters supported the notion. Women, on the other hand, were mostly against online sports betting with only 37 percent backing the idea.

51 percent of females opposed online sports betting in New York, with 12 percent of women having no opinion or undecided.

Online Sports Betting Approval by Gender

Stance Male Female
Support 53% 37%
Oppose 35% 51%
No Opinion 11% 12%

The higher the income for an individual, the better for those who support online sports betting. Participants making over $100K income favored online sports betting at 54 percent, while only 38 percent said no.

Individuals making anywhere between $50K-$100K seem undecided on the matter, with 48 percent opposing online sports betting and 41 percent approving it.

The lower the income, the less support online sports betting received as only 36 percent of people making less than $50K support the notion.

Online Sports Betting Approval by Income

Stance Under $50K $50K-$100K Over $100K
Support 36% 41% 54%
Oppose 50% 48% 38%
No Opinion 14% 12% 8%

Online Sports Betting Approval by Party

Stance Democrat Republic Ind/Other
Support 43% 45% 47%
Oppose 45% 42% 46%
No Opinion 12% 13% 6%

Online Sports Betting Approval by Region

Stance Manhattan Suburbs Upstate
Support 44% 48% 42%
Oppose 44% 41% 46%
No Opinion 12% 11% 12%

Online Sports Betting Approval by Political View

Stance Liberal Moderate Conservative
Support 45% 48% 39%
Oppose 44% 42% 48%
No Opinion 10% 10% 13%

2013 Legislation Omits Online and Mobile

During a 2013 legislation, four upstate commercial casinos were granted sports betting pending a change in the federal law. That change was made this past November, allowing the casinos to greenlight sports betting.

Those four casinos include the Del Lago Resort & Casino, Resorts World Catskills, Tioga Downs Casino and Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady.

It gets tricky though, as online and mobile sports betting is still illegal as it was not referenced in the 2013 legislation. Many feel that there is no way to launch online or mobile sports betting without changing some of New York's constitution, as that would require a voter referendum.

Not only would online and mobile sports betting need to be voted on but tribal casinos, horse racing tracks and Off-Track Betting (OTB) would also need new legislation to cover potential sports betting.

Senate Support

Despite the split decision from a handful of voters, many of the state's politicians seem to heavily support online and mobile sports wagering. In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed that sports betting is 'here and it's a reality,' during a State of the State Address.

Cuomo believes that 'greenlighting' sports betting will generate activity for venues that have failed on their gaming revenue projections. Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. also supports the potential change, as he chairs the Senate's gaming committee that wants to push an online sport betting permit.

Addabbo, Jr. believes that the economic value in betting would not only increase jobs and employment but also help fund education. By not allowing online or mobile sports wagering, Addabbo, Jr. feels the state is 'shortchanging' themselves.

Addabbo, Jr. actually has a bill (S17) that is currently in the Senate committee (step two in a six-step process).

The summary of the bill reads, "Relates to regulation of sports betting and mobile sports wagering; implements a tax equivalent to eight and one-half percent of sports wagering gross revenue; requires reporting; provides for civil penalties for any violations."

James Gary Pretlow has also shown support to push sports betting, as he is a member of the New York State Assembly.

Here's the full report: