Q. Which of the following best describes your regular betting activity?
|I regularly bet on horse races and will place a bet on the Melbourne Cup||16%||18%||20%||10%||25%||8%|
|I rarely bet on horse races but will watch the Melbourne Cup and place a bet||26%||28%||26%||23%||25%||26%|
|I will watch the Melbourne Cup but will not place a bet||26%||17%||26%||35%||25%||28%|
|I have never been interested in the Melbourne Cup and will not place a bet||32%||36%||28%||32%||26%||38%|
- Around a third of people are not interested in the Melbourne Cup and will not place a bet on Tuesday (32%). A quarter (26%) will place a bet on the race, despite rarely betting and the same number will watch the race without betting (26%). The remaining 16% say they regularly bet on horse races and will place a bet on the Melbourne Cup.
- Men are more likely than women to bet regularly on horse racing (25% to 8%).
- Despite having less interest in horse racing than other age groups, people aged over 55 are just as likely to watch the Melbourne Cup or place a bet on the race (68%).
Q. For each of the following forms of gambling, which do you think need more or less regulation?
|Needs more regulation||Needs less regulation||Current regulation is about right||Don’t know|
|Online gambling in general||68%||4%||16%||12%|
|Betting on sport e.g. football, cricket||46%||4%||36%||14%|
|Betting on horse racing||37%||4%||47%||13%|
About two thirds of respondents think there should be more regulation of online gambling (68%) and poker machines (62%). 53% think that casinos need more regulation.
Differences by voting intention were –
- Liberal/National voters were less likely to favour more regulation of casinos (47%) and poker machines (55%)
- More regulation of poker machines was more strongly favoured by Greens (74%) and Labor (65%) voters.
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