80% of Americans Support Legalized Sports Betting
And Disagree with Loophole Excluding “Home State” College Teams
South Orange, NJ, October 10, 2019 — Americans have embraced legalized betting on sports, bolstered by a Supreme Court ruling that okayed a state-by-state determination.
Fifty-five percent of the public supports the state-by-state process, with an additional 25 percent saying it should be legal in all states. The breakdown by age was dramatic for those saying it should be legal in all states, with 37 percent of ages 18-29 saying yes, but only 14 percent of those 60 and over agreeing.
The 55 percent approval of state-by-state marks a significant leap in less than a year, when a November 2018 Seton Hall Sports Poll found that only 40 percent of the nation felt it should be left to the individual states.
The combined “state-by-state” and the “legal in all states” adds up to an 80% approval for legalized sports betting. Only 16 percent say it should not be legal. In February 2017, only 46 percent of respondents said that betting on sports should be allowed (without including a differentiation between state-by-state and national).
The findings appear in a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted last week among 714 adult Americans on both landlines and mobile phones. The poll has a +/-3.8 percent margin of error.