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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Interest in Horseracing

Oct 31, 2011

Q. How would you describe your level of interest in horse racing?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
High interest 6% 8% 6% 2%
Moderate interest 16% 18% 17% 14%
Low interest 33% 34% 34% 40%
No interest 44% 41% 42% 44%
Don’t know 1% * * *

6% say they have a high interest in horse racing and 16% have a moderate interest. 77% say they have low or no interest.

Those with most interest are men (26% high/moderate), full-time workers (27%) and those earning $1,000-1,600 pw (29%). There were no significant differences by age group.

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