Poll: Support wavering slightly for sports betting in New Jersey

Oct 23, 2013 |
By: Jon Campbell
A poll released Wednesday shows New Jersey residents are straddling the fence when it comes to the legal battle to bring sports betting to the state.

The poll by Farleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind shows 37 percent of registered voters think New Jersey's appeal is warranted while 34 percent want New Jersey to wait until federal law is changed before trying to implement sports betting there. Twenty-two percent are undecided and seven percent said the state should do neither choice. 

While that's all well and good for the 34 percent who want to wait until federal law is changed, it would be a little like waiting for a fish to bite your hook without any bait.

If nobody pushes this law, it's never going to be a priority for federal regulators and politicians to change it.

Delaware already tried to change PASPA in 2009 - the 1992 law that prohibits sports wagering in all but four states - and was unsuccessful. And Delaware was one of the four states exempt under PASPA, but is only allowed to offer parlay bets in the state.    

The poll is a bit of a surprise, however, considering 58 percent voted in favor of sports betting in New Jersey in July of last year. According to this most recent poll, only 55 percent support it now.

New Jersey's next move is likely to file for an en banc rehearing of the case in the Third circuit court. Judges ruled 2-1 in favor of the NCAA and the major pro sports leagues last month and the state now has until Nov. 1 to file and be heard in front of the court's entire panel of 12 judges.

The Farleigh Dickinson poll ran from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 using a sample of 702 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points.

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