September 26, 2017

One thing Americans can agree on? Legalize pro sports betting, poll says

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Americans favor legalized gambling -- which would be a springboard to millions in revenue that the state desperately needs.

Fifty-five percent of Americans support making gambling on professional sports legal in all states, according to poll results [see below] released Tuesday.

Such gambling is currently legal in Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, although pollsters found it is fairly common — one in five Americans surveyed had placed a bet and 73 percent of those who did so said it made watching the games more interesting.

The UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll found 33 percent of respondents disapproved of allowing gambling on professional sports in all states, and another 12 percent had no opinion.

Pollsters conducted live interviews with a random sample of 1,000 American adults. The interviews were conducted in English and Spanish via cellphones and landlines from Aug. 14 through Aug. 21. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 points.

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