American Gaming Association: Majority of US wants sports betting legalised

12 July 2017

A survey commissioned by the American Gaming Association has found that more than half of Americans now support the idea of legalising sports betting.

The research, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, surveyed 1,200 adults via phone and 400 avid sports fan online earlier this year.

Of those surveyed, 55% supported the legalisation of sports betting, 35% opposed it and 10% were undecided.

Interestingly, it wasn’t just avid and casual sports fans who supported overturning PAPSA and allowing individual states to decide whether or not to legalise sports betting — even non-sports fans were more likely to support legalisation with 45% in favour of it and 42% against.

Among avid sports fans, 72% were in favour of legalisation, as were 54% of casual sports fans, 70% of casino-goers, 59% of Super Bowl viewers and a whopping 88% of DFS or fantasy sports players.

The survey results also revealed that many Americans are not aware of the legal position of sports betting — just 38% knew it was not legal in most of the nation. Nearly 1 in 5 reported having bet on sports over the past year, although the researchers suspected the true figure to be higher than this.

Read the full report here or view below.