Support for Georgia sports betting might be fading.
According to a new poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), although support for the expansion of gambling in Georgia remains, it’s slowly diminishing.
Support for legal sports betting in Georgia is declining
The AJC’s poll included 860 registered Georgia voters. The University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs conducted the poll between Jan. 9-20. The margin of error is 3.3 percentage points.
The results showed about 48% of those polled said Georgia should legalize gambling on professional sports. On the flip side, about 37% of respondents oppose allowing it.
Back in 2020, the AJC conducted a similar survey. The 2020 results showed about 57% of those polled said they supported legalizing sports betting.
While support hovers around 50%, some say gambling revenue should be used to support people who need help. “I’m not a bettor, but if they allow gambling, it should be fair and should be taxed,” said Dawn Evans, a Georgia resident. “I’m all for it if it will be able to benefit some people who need help.”
Supporters of Georgia sports betting said they support sports betting if the money goes to support educational programs like the HOPE scholarship or other need-based scholarships.
Lawmakers confident about Georgia gambling expansion efforts
Earlier this year, State Rep. Ron Stephens said it is about time that new forms of gambling are allowed in Georgia.
Speaking with the News From The States, Stephens said:
“We walk away from $100 million every year in sports gambling, and other states, and places like Antigua, get that money from people here in Georgia. Let’s regulate it, tax it, and put the money in Hope and pre-K.”
Last year, a bill to legalize sports betting passed through the Senate but failed to make it out of the House Rules Committee. Stephens said he has never been more confident that the legislature will have a constitutional amendment on the 2024 ballot.