According to a recent poll, around 60% of Virginia residents are in favour of legalising sports betting in the state.
US.- Sports betting continues to be discussed across the US after PASPA got struck down by the Supreme Court and Virginia residents seem to be on board with legalising the segment. According to a survey conducted by student pollsters at Christopher Newport University, around 60% of Virginians are in favour of regulating sports wagers in the state.
“Virginia voters are ready for legalised sports betting and casinos, just like they were ready for the lottery 30 years ago,” said Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of CNU’s Wason Center for Public Policy.
According to a recent poll, nearly 6 out of 10 voters think Virginia should legalise sports betting. The results are based on phone interviews with 841 registered voters, and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.7%, at a 95% confidence level.
The same proportion that approves sports betting also favours a new casino to be opened by the Pamunkey tribe in Portsmouth.
Sports betting is set to take the stage during 2019 in the General Assembly of Virginia as a bill to legalise the segment gets introduced. Democrat senator Chap Petersen said he will file a bill to authorise the segment, create a state authority to regulate the activity and direct tax revenue to fund a tuition reduction at the state’s community colleges.