Yet Another Poll Confirms Americans Don’t Oppose Online Poker Regulation

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Recent polling from Reason-Rupe confirms that a majority of Americans do not oppose online poker regulation.

Reason-Rupe surveyed over 1,000 Americans on a variety of topics, including the question:

Do you think the government should prohibit people from gambling in online poker games, or should the government allow people to do this?

65% responded “allow” while 32% chose “prohibit.” The remaining respondents chose “don’t know” or declined to answer.

The poll offers a sharp rebuke to research conducted by Sheldon Adelson, which purported to show majority opposition to online gambling regulation in the United States.

Full results and methodological information for the December 2013 Reason-Rupe public opinion survey are available here.

Reason-Rupe poll supports OPR polling conclusions

The results of the Reason-Rupe poll parallel results from a similar poll conducted by OPR in early December.

In that poll, we asked Americans for their opinion of regulating online poker. Their response:

Poll results

As with the Reason-Rupe poll, we found that roughly a third of Americans exhibit opposition to the regulation of online poker.

You can download the complete data set for the OPR survey here.

Inside the Reason-Rupe responses

The demographic breakdown of the Reason-Rupe poll responses offers some interesting insights into support for online poker regulation, including:

  • Support is higher among Republicans than Democrats.
  • Support is higher among those 55 and under.
  • As the income of a respondent increases, so does their support for regulation.
  • As the educational level of a respondent increases, so does their support for regulation.
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