Regulation of Gambling

Oct 31, 2011

Q. For each of the following forms of gambling, which do you think need more or less regulation?

Needs more regulation Needs less regulation Current regulation is about right Don’t know Needs more regulation 27 Apr 11
Online gambling in general 67% 4% 17% 12% 68%
Poker machines 52% 5% 35% 8% 62%
Casinos 47% 4% 40% 9% 53%
Betting on sport e.g. football, cricket 52% 4% 34% 10% 46%
Betting on horse racing 35% 5% 51% 9% 37%
Lotto 15% 6% 70% 9% 20%

More than half the respondents think there needs to be more regulation of online gambling (67%), poker machines (52%) and betting on sport (52%).

Support for more regulation of poker machines has dropped 10% since this question was last asked in April.

By vote, 67% of Greens voters, 61% of Labor voters and 43% of Liberal/National voters support more regulation of poker machines. 44% of Liberal/National voters think current regulation is about right, compared to 28% of Labor voters and 25% of Greens voters. There are no substantial differences by age, gender or income.

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Regulation of Gambling

Apr 27, 2011

Q. For each of the following forms of gambling, which do you think need more or less regulation?

Needs more regulation Needs less regulation Current regulation is about right Don’t know
Online gambling in general 68% 4% 16% 12%
Poker machines 62% 5% 24% 9%
Casinos 53% 4% 32% 11%
Betting on sport e.g. football, cricket 46% 4% 36% 14%
Betting on horse racing 37% 4% 47% 13%
Lotto 20% 4% 65% 11%

About two thirds of respondents think there should be more regulation of online gambling (68%) and poker machines (62%). 53% think that casinos need more regulation.

Differences by voting intention were –

  • Liberal/National voters were less likely to favour more regulation of casinos (47%) and poker machines (55%)
  • More regulation of poker machines was more strongly favoured by Greens (74%) and Labor (65%) voters.

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