Two-thirds of New Jersey residents surveyed support the U.S. Supreme Court decision to eliminate federal barriers to sports betting.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll, circulated May 29, found 62 percent of New Jersey adults were in favor of expanding the practice into all 50 states. The polling center interview 926 state residents between May 16 and 21.
A prior FDU poll before the Supreme Court’s decision was closer to 50 percent.
For 47 percent of those surveyed in the latest post, the benefits of new state revenue was their biggest reason for supporting the policy shift.
“If support for the expansion is any indication of how widespread of a past-time this will become, New Jersey is poised to become a state with a lot of action around professional sport events,” said Krista Jenkins, a political science professor at FDU who oversees the polling center.
Following the high court ruling, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, issued a statement saying sports betting won’t begin in New Jersey until after enabling legislation is enacted. Under the text of a bill circulating in the statehouse, any group that operates a sports betting pool before the regulations are rolled out will be barred from doing so for the foreseeable future.
Enabling legislation won’t be voted on until the June 7 session of the state senate, Sweeney said.