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Stockton poll: Plurality opposed to gambling on college sports

By Joey Fox, September 29 2021 10:58 am

According to a new Stockton University poll released today, a plurality of New Jersey voters – 45% – are opposed to a constitutional amendment to allow gambling on college sports games, versus 40% who support the amendment. A further 14% of respondents said they are unsure.

In full, the question reads: “Do you approve amending the Constitution to permit wagering through casinos and current or former horse racetracks on all college sport or athletic events? Currently, wagering is prohibited on college sport or athletic events that take place in New Jersey. Wagering is also prohibited on an event in which a team from a New Jersey college participates.”

New Jersey legalized gambling on professional sports in 2018, but it remains the only state of the 26 where sports gambling is legal to explicitly bar it for college athletics. The ballot question, which was approved by the legislature in June, would seek to change that.

While the legislature gave the question near-unanimous support, today’s Stockton poll shows that voters may be a harder sell. And even though Election Day is only 34 days away, a discernible campaign for either side of the question has yet to materialize.

The poll was conducted between September 17-25 with a sample of 552 likely voters and a margin of error of +/- 4.1%.

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