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NEWS 13 February 2019

Online sports betting poll shows New Yorkers are undecided

By Matthew Enderby

As legal sports betting draws closer to reality in New York, the state’s residents are yet to form a majority opinion on online wagering.

A Siena College Research Institute survey shows 44% of voters oppose the idea of online sports betting, 44% support it and the remaining 12% have not formed an opinion.

The study was conducted between 4 and 7 February; however, it is worth noting it queried just 778 registered voters in a state containing about 20 million residents. 

When answering, 53% of men supported the idea of implementing online betting, while 35% opposed and 11% remained undecided.

The results from the surveyed women reveal 37% agree with online sports betting, with 51% against and the remaining 12% saying they did not know.

Breaking down the age category showed similar results. The highest support from any of the polled groups came from 35 to 54-year-olds, of which 55% want to see online sports betting.

Of the 55+ age group, 58% said they are against online sports betting.

Annual income showed the higher the salary, the more likely voters were to say yes. A yearly wage of less than $50,000 brought support of 36% and opposition of 50%.

Income between $50,000 and $100,000 saw support of 41% and opposition of 48%, while 54% of those earning above $100,000 voted in favour and 38% against.

RELATED TAGS: Online | Sports Betting | Industry
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