Californians Keen on Legal Online Sports Betting

Published Saturday, July 14, 2012 -

In California the debate continues to go on over when online gambling in its many firms will become legal within the State. California has a mostly liberal approach to different life styles and entertainment choices and when it comes to gambling the State is carved up by many different interests. It has come to light recently via a small survey conducted by The Field Research Corporation’s Field Poll that asked only 512 registered voters their opinions on the legalization of online sports betting, and internet poker for real money.

The survey conducted by willing participants was conducted over the phone between June 21 and July 2 2012. The field study results were extrapolated to conclude the final numbers and percentages. The study was accurate to within 4.5% at a 95% confidence level. The surprising conclusion is that legislation to legalize sports betting is favoured more than legal online poker. Sports betting came in at 58% in favour, while 35% were opposed and 7% expressed no opinion. This is in comparison to those results regarding the legalization of online poker which came in at only 49% in favour, compared to 45% opposed and 6% undecided. These stats are close but significant even when taking into account the accuracy level of the survey.

These significant results show how far the lobby efforts for online sports betting have come and the interest that has been generated by the introduction of Sen. Rod Wright’s #SB1396 sports betting bill into the Californian legislature. The sister bill #SB1463 online poker bill which was removed from a Governmental Organization Committee meeting agenda last month. This came after it was concluded that the various stakeholders in the poker industry had not reached any agreement. It is only when the various parties agree that government will take notice and make the necessary changes to the law. Until then it will be the sound of legal online poker spinning its wheels.

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