Poll finds mixed opinions over legal sports betting
May 23, 2018 09:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico could soon take up the issue of gambling on sports now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it's legal in the United States. Each state will get to decide if they want their residents to place bets on sports.
How do New Mexicans feel about it? KOB teamed up with Tom Carroll of Carroll Strategies to find out. Carroll's group reached out to registered voters in Bernalillo County about legalizing sports betting.
"When we said to them, do you believe the Supreme Court should do this, they said yes," he said. "But then we asked, do you think the New Mexico State Legislature should do this and by 48 to 36 percent, Bernalillo County voters said no. They don't think the State Legislature should approve legalized sports betting."
If New Mexico does legalize sports betting, about 65 percent of those polled say it should happen at casinos or race tracks. But it turns out that 68 percent of those polled haven't been to a local casino in the past year.
"There's a financial component to that, you know?" Carroll said. "Most families in New Mexico don't have the dollars to go and lose."
Fifty-six percent of those polled say they think sports betting should include pro teams, but 26 percent want college teams included and 11 percent believe you should be able to bet on high school sports.
So should New Mexico place a bet on sports gambling or should they let it ride on what's already in place?
"[What] you'll find out – if you look into Las Vegas betting – is that they do sports betting in Las Vegas but it's not a large part of their revenue. It's about 2 percent, so this is not a huge moneymaker," Carroll said.
Here are the results of the poll:
Do you agree or disagree with Supreme Count allowing Sports Betting?
Agree with Supreme Court: 51.4 percent
Disagree with Supreme Court: 27.3 percent
No opinion or don't care: 21.4 percent
Do you believe the State Legislature should legalize sports betting?
Yes: 36.6 percent
No: 48.1 percent
Don't know: 15.3 percent
If legalized would you or anyone in your home participate?
Yes: 16.4 percent
No: 70.5 percent
Don't know: 13.1 percent
What sports should be included - Professional sports?
Yes: 55.9 percent
No: 44.1 percent
What sports should be included - College sports?
Yes: 25.6 percent
No: 74.4 percent
What sports should be included - High school sports?
Yes: 11.1 percent
No: 88.9 percent
If legalized, where - Casinos and racetracks?
Yes: 64.8 percent
No: 35.2 percent
If legalized, where - Privately run betting business?
Yes: 25.4 percent
No: 74.6 percent
If legalized, where - State-run facilities?
Yes: 37.3 percent
No: 62.7 percent
Able to bet on local, such as Lobos?
Yes, to local teams: 32.1 percent
No to local teams: 59.0 percent
No opinion: 8.9 percent
In the last year, has anyone in the household visited a New Mexico casino or track?
Yes: 31.9 percent
No: 68.1 percent
If legalized, would you go more often?
Don’t gamble at all: 46.7 percent
Yes, would go more often: 22.1 percent
No, would not go more often: 31.1 percent
Updated: May 23, 2018 09:19 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 09:04 PM
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