AGA reveals 85% of US adults support regulated gambling
A new AGA study has revealed that 85% of US adults approve of the supreme court’s move to lift the restrictions on betting back in 2018.
According to the new research, the proportion of supporters of the decision has grown over the past four years, as back in 2019 only 63% of US Adults agreed with it. Additionally, 77% of the new survey’s participants support the pastime’s legalization in their states.
The research also revealed that more bets are placed with regulated bookmakers than ever at 77%, in contrast to only 44% four years ago. Moreover, 78% of the survey’s participants wager chiefly at licensed operators, while almost half of all of those that enjoy the pastime at offshore bookmakers plan to transition to regulated ones in the coming year.
The AGA found improvements in the area of consumer awareness as well, with over 70% of participants being informed of the legality of the pastime in their state. However, the association revealed that this aspect needs further improvement, as 70% of bettors who mainly used the services of unauthorized bookmakers thought they were either wagering at licensed businesses or were placing at least half of their bets with regulated firms.
This confusion is in part driven by illegal operators, who misinform their users about their illegal status. When asked why they believed a bookmaker was licensed, statements from the bookmaker, mentions of the firm on social media, and misleading web search results were some of the main reasons stated by the survey’s participants.