New data just released by the American Gaming Association (AGA) sheds a bright light on how gambling is viewed in the United States. While there are those who will always be against the activity, they continue to form a small minority who are losing ground. According to the AGA, gambling is viewed by an overwhelming number of people as an acceptable form of entertainment and is better supported than even smartphones.
Gambling accepted by most of the US
In stark contrast to what some believe that gambling is not popular in the US, the AGA has proven otherwise. A poll released by the organization yesterday shows that 87% of the country believe nothing wrong with gambling as a form of entertainment. Separate consumer surveys have shown that 85% of the US population own a smartphone, making gambling more popular than mobile devices. In addition, the Gallup Social Series Values ââand Beliefs independent poll earlier this year found that 68% of Americans believe that gambling is “morally acceptable”. It’s not clear if Texan lawmakers saw the results.
AGA has been reporting on the good, bad and ugly of the gambling industry since its inception and is not on a mission to just advocate positive growth for the ecosystem. President and CEO Bill Miller reiterated this point in the release of the survey results, stating, âWe are a committed, responsible partner and economic engine in communities across the country. For this reason, we rose from the most devastating time in our history and started a record-breaking comeback. “
AGA has uncovered additional gambling truths
With an adoption rate of 87%, gambling can undeniably be considered more popular than virtually any other form of entertainment. This should go a long way towards helping the stubborn states that haven’t yet embraced sports betting to finally concede defeat. However, if more incentives are needed, the AGA has also revealed some other interesting facts that those involved in gaming have already accepted. If lawmakers want to respond to the wishes of their constituents, now would be a good time to take notes.
The survey found that 65% of respondents support legalized gambling because of the benefits it can bring to the economy. When a similar survey was carried out two years ago, 53% believed the industry offered quality jobs; now that number has risen to 64%. 77% recognize that the gambling industry is experiencing steady growth that is unlikely to stop, compared to 73% who thought so in 2019. 73% would advocate legalized gambling in their own state, reflecting similar surveys but not reflecting a sharp increase from last year. In addition, some industries may be narrowly geared towards a specific type of customer, but gaming is not. The survey shows that 77% believe that the industry appeals to a broad consumer base and does not target a socio-economic sector as some have tried to suggest.