New Poll: 54% Of California Voters Oppose Online Sportsbooks

Written By Giovanni Shorter on September 16, 2022
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A Sept. 14 independent poll revealed 54% percent of likely voters plan to vote against Prop 27 in November, the bill that allows for California online sportsbooks. Prop 27 is one of two California sports betting bills on the ballot. What separates Prop 27 from its rival bill, Prop 26, is that the former allows for online sports betting, including registration, deposits, wagering and withdrawals on apps and websites.

What This Means For California Sports Betting

The poll comes from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The PPIC surveyed 1,700 adults with 1,060 being likely voters. While this small sample size does not outright show what all voters in California are thinking, it is eye-opening for those in favor of Prop 27.

34% of likely voters were in favor of Prop 27 while 54% voted against the measure. The survey did not account for Prop 26, the tribal sports betting bill that would not allow for online sports betting. A more clear poll that includes both bills would be a better gauge as to which way likely voters are leaning.

Prop 27 has gotten a lot of bad press in the months leading up to the November ballot. A battle of California sports betting ads between supporters of Prop 27 and Prop 26 could have had a lasting effect on the public voter pool.

Additionally, several respected organizations have backed campaigns opposing Prop 27. Over 50 native tribes who stand to benefit from Prop 26 have led the charge against the California online sportsbooks bill. Also fighting against Prop 27 are the Major Teachers Union, the California League of Cities, and the California State Association of Counties.

The anti-Prop 27 campaign has also seen millions funded to oppose to measure. The Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming raised $109.5 million to oppose Prop 27. The Californians for Tribal Sovereignty and Safe Gaming raised $91.2 million against the measure.

Even with the small sample size, the poll could reflect that the anti-Prop 27 campaign is actually causing likely voters to view the bill negatively.

Online Sportsbooks Paired With Larger Issues in Polling

Sports betting may not have been a strong enough issue for the adults asked. The PPIC’s survey discussed multiple issues including online sports betting in California. Prop 1 saw 69% in favor, this bill focuses on constitutional abortion rights. Prop 30 saw 55% in favor and it focuses on reducing greenhouse gases.

Stacking California online sportsbooks up against such serious topics is a likely reason for potential voters to lean against Prop 27. Sports betting in California will be put to the ultimate test in November. Then the true effects of the anti-Prop 27 campaign will be seen.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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