Essential Report

Gambling policies

Aug 27, 2018

Q. Would you support or oppose each of the following?

  Total support   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Reduce maximum bet on poker machines to $1 as recommended by PC. 63%   27% 36% 10% 5% 21%
Reduce trading hours of venues that have poker machines 60%   27% 33% 18% 5% 16%
Regulation to make poker machine design less addictive 71%   35% 36% 10% 3% 16%
Restrict poker machines to designated venues such as casinos 64%   34% 30% 17% 6% 14%
Ban gambling advertising during sports matches 69%   39% 30% 12% 4% 16%
Place bans on gambling companies and gambling outlets like clubs making political donations (as developers have in some states) 68%   38% 30% 12% 3% 17%
Place a levy of gambling companies and venues using poker machines to fund anti-gambling awareness campaigns and services for victims. 69%   35% 34% 9% 4% 19%

 

There was at least 60% support for all policies listed. There was highest support for Regulation to make poker machine design less addictive (71%). There was lowest support for reducing trading hours of venues that have poker machines (60%).

There was also majority support for all policies from each of the regular/sometime gambling groups. In fact, gamblers were more in favour of the most policies than non-gamblers.

  Total support   Gamble reg/some Racing Gamble reg/some Poker machines Gamble reg/some Cards Gamble reg/some Sport
Reduce maximum bet on poker machines to $1 as recommended by PC. 63%   73% 69% 77% 75%
Reduce trading hours of venues that have poker machines 60%   65% 59% 73% 64%
Regulation to make poker machine design less addictive 71%   74% 71% 77% 78%
Restrict poker machines to designated venues such as casinos 64%   68% 57% 76% 72%
Ban gambling advertising during sports matches 69%   64% 65% 69% 64%
Place bans on gambling companies and gambling outlets like clubs making political donations (as developers have in some states) 68%   69% 71% 61% 69%
Place a levy of gambling companies and venues using poker machines to fund anti-gambling awareness campaigns and services for victims. 69%   69% 69% 69% 68%

 

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