With the news that the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) recently granted sports betting regulations preliminary approval, it seems that not all New Yorkers are on board with sports betting.
A poll conducted by Sienna College found that 44% of voters in New York support the idea of legalizing online sports betting while 44% oppose it. The remaining 12 % of voters had no opinion.
The poll was carried out over the phone between 4 and 7 of February. 778 registered voters were surveyed out of the 20 million residents in the state.
Looking closer at the figures, 53% of men who responded supported the idea of authorizing online sports betting while 35% of men opposed it. 12% of men were undecided on sports betting.
When it came to women, 37% agreed with allowing online sports betting, 51% opposed the idea and 12% of women were unsure.
The poll also looked at political views and revealed that 45% of Republicans are in favor of online sports betting and 42% are against it.
On the other hand, 45% of Democrats oppose online sports betting while 43% agree with it and 12% were undecided.
The survey figures also showed that 54% of households with an annual income that exceeds $100,000 were in favor of sports betting while 38% opposed it.
Looking closer at the age categories, 55% of voters aged 35 – 54 are in favor of online sports betting.
Voters aged over 55 appear to be against sports betting as 58% revealed they are against online sports betting while 32% are in favor of it.
Although the survey figures show that New York residents are divided on the topic of legal online sports betting, it is important to remember that this is just a small snapshot of the bigger picture.