New Jersey poll reveals continued support for sports betting

October 13, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

TRENTON, New Jersey: Only one question is scheduled to appear on the November 2011 general election ballot and support remains strong according to a recent poll.

Public Question 1, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, asks voters if sports betting should be legalized in the state.

Although the measure was referred to the ballot by the state legislature and calls for a constitutional amendment, the measure is not binding. Sports betting would not be allowed in the state until a federal law that limits sports betting in four states is repealed or overturned.[1]

On Monday, October 10, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind released their most recent poll results. According to the report, 52 percent support legalizing gambling, while 31 percent are opposed.[2]

The poll show little to no change from a poll conducted in early April where 53 percent of respondents supported sports betting in the state.

The latest poll surveyed 800 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.[2]

Additionally the poll revealed that 70 percent of voters said they had to yet to hear information related to the proposal and 67 percent said they had little interest in the issue.[3]

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