According to a new survey from Stockton University released today, a plurality of New Jersey voters – 45% – oppose a constitutional amendment to allow gambling on college sports games, compared with 40% who support the amendment. Another 14% of respondents said they were not sure.
In its entirety, the question reads: “Do you approve of the amendment to the Constitution to allow betting via current or former casinos and racetracks on all sporting or university sporting events?” Currently, betting is prohibited on college sporting or athletic events that take place in New Jersey. Betting is also prohibited on an event in which a New Jersey college team participates. “
New Jersey legalized gambling in professional sports in 2018, but it remains the only state of the 26 where sports gambling is legal to explicitly ban it for varsity athletics. The question of the ballot, which was approved by the legislature in June, would seek to change that.
While the legislature has given almost unanimous support to the issue, today’s Stockton poll shows voters can be harder to sell. And even though Election Day is only 34 days away, a noticeable campaign for either side of the issue has yet to materialize.
The poll was conducted from September 17 to 25 with a sample of 552 probable voters and a margin of error of +/- 4.1%.