Top US Online Casinos
1. Jumba Bet Casino - $25 No-Deposit Bonus Plus a $1,200 Welcome Welcome package.
2. Bovada - Best bitcoin casino and massive welcome bonus worth 100% up to $3,000 Free.
3. Lucky Creek - 66 Free Spins Plus 166% up to $266 Free.

Poll: Californians Support Online Poker

26 September 2011 by admin

californialocationmapTrying to get their fiscal situation in order, the U.S. state of California is considering legalizing and regulating online poker. Two separate bills that would accomplish that have been delayed until the state’s next legislative session in 2012, but proponents of the legislation are pushing as strong as ever.

On Saturday the Field Poll released survey results in one of the first indicators of the public’s feelings toward regulated online gambling. The poll found that the majority of Californians are supportive of regulating the game in order to bring more revenue to the state. According to the poll, 53% of registered voters favor regulating online poker, while 41% oppose it and 6% have no opinion.

Age, gender and political party played a part in the results. 73% of voters between the ages of 18 and 39 favor online poker regulation, with only 25% opposing it. Support among voters aged 40 to 64 falls to 48%. Only 35% of senior citizens favor online poker, with 57% opposing it. Politically, 56% percent of Democrats favor the legislation versus 43% of Republicans. 58% of men support it versus 49% of women. Most obviously, people who play poker are more likely to support it. The poll showed that 66% of voters who have played poker in a casino support online poker regulation. For those who have never played poker in a casino, only 50% support it, 44% oppose it and 6% have no opinion.

Though the numbers are not overwhelming, having a majority voter support for an issue can help lawmakers as they try to pass the bills next year. It may be tougher for Republicans like John Campbell, though, with 49% of their base opposing it.

One thing is for sure, though. California needs the money. Over the years, the state has mismanaged its economy about as badly as possible. The state is $375 billion in debt, has a 19% debt to GDP ratio, and a budget deficit of approximately $10 billion.

Comments are closed.