So gambling is morally acceptable. Who knew? An increasing number of Americans attest to this positive view.
According to a Gallup poll, 71% are in favor while 27% think it is “morally wrong.” The pro vote is a few points higher than the same poll in 2019. In fact, it is a survey record since 2003.
Other issues scored much higher such as alcohol, diverse, and unmarried sexual relations in this year’s poll of over one thousand adults in May.
The good news for the sector is that gambling’s score continues to improve. Interestingly, the “morally wrong” view is higher in women. In fact, 72% of men take the acceptable view.
It doesn’t matter the age of the polling participants. A college education matters more. Those who did not attend are less likely, at 62%, to view gambling as a moral enterprise.
Looking at race, there was a divergence in views. More whites support gambling at 76% with non-whites reaching a lower 60%.
The poll also looked a political party as a factor. It has found that Democrats are more on board with gambling at 76% than Republics at 69%. The Conservative category revealed interesting statistics.
Nearly twice as many conservatives (36%) viewed gambling as morally wrong compared to self-proclaimed liberals (19%).
The 2020 survey also clocks the rapid expansion of legal sports betting across the US. It all began with the Supreme Court ruling to overturn the federal betting ban in May of 2018 that changed the picture forever.
No doubt this accounts for the turnaround in attitudes.