A recent poll conducted by researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University found nearly 60 percent of New Jersey voters oppose allowing Atlantic City casinos to run betting games over the Internet.
The poll results, released Monday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s “PublicMind” come as a bill is making its way through the New Jersey Legislature that would allow Internet gambling on casino games from people out of the state or the country.
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Poll director Peter Woolley tells WHYY reporter Phil Gregory that while Internet gambling would increase state revenues, residents appear to be worried that it might deplete their own finances.
“People are concerned that they will spend too much money and not just themselves but their spouse, their son, their father, anyone in their households,” Woolley said.
“People know that people sneak away and play games on the Internet. They don’t want them to bet the house on it.”
According to the poll, just 31 percent of New Jersey voters were in favor of allowing the state’s casinos to run betting games over the Internet, compared to the 58 percent opposed to it.
Poll data shows the opposition reached many groups, including women who opposed it 65 percent to 25 percent, and men, 52 percent to 37 percent. Poll data also shows voters who say they have not been to a casino the past year also opposed it, 51 percent to 42 percent.
You can read a complete breakdown of the Fairleigh Dickinson University poll results on the “PublicMind” website.