A recent poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) further confirms concerns that sports betting is likely to fail on the November ballot. Of likely voters, only 26% would vote in favor of Prop 27. Both California sports betting bills are polling poorly, with Prop 26 only seeing 34% of potential voters.
California Online Sports Betting Hopes Continue To Dwindle
Every poll surveying potential voters’ opinions on sports betting have shown that the public is against the measures. Despite the hundreds of millions spent promoting both measures, neither bill has managed to win over potential voters.
There has been a lot of opposition surrounding sports betting, in particular Prop 27. Local Native American tribes, the Major Teachers Union, the California Association of Counties, and the California League of Cities have all campaigned against the online sports betting measure.
Governor Gavin Newsom has also announced his formal opposition to Prop 27. This further shines the measure in a negative light to potential voters. With such powerful opposition, it is surprising that Prop 27 continues to poll poorly.
Fans will likely have to wait until at least 2024 to see California online sportsbooks pass into law. 67% of polled voters would vote No on Prop 27. Even prominent sports entities like DraftKings and FanDuel are accepting this reality.
Young Voters Support Prop 27
What the poll did reveal is that voters between the ages of 18 and 44 are more likely to vote in favor of Prop 27. This age range is polling 41% in favor. Meanwhile, only 19% of voters over 45 support the initiative.
This is unsurprising with online sports gambling overall being more popular amongst younger voters across the nation. It appears that the wider voter pool will be of older voters as midterm elections bring out fewer voters than general elections. Prop 27 could fair better in 2024 because of the larger voter turnout.
Local California sports bettors should be prepared for the reality that sports betting is unlikely to advance this year. All polls have shown that potential voters will turn out to vote against these measures. It may be time to look ahead to 2024.