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Research conducted during November 2012 on Canadians views on legalizing single event sports wagering

Research conducted during November 2012 on Canadians views on legalizing single event sports wagering

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    • Single  Event  Sports  Be0ng  November  2012  
    • Methodology  •  A total of 1002 respondents 18 years of age or older were interviewed by telephone during the period: December 4th - 9th , 2012•  The margin of error is +/-3.10% at 95%. Gender   Frequency   %   Male     500   49.9   Female   502   50.1   Total     1002   100.0   2  
    • Single Event Sports WageringNo  one  knows  for  sure  how  much  money  Canadians  bet  on  single  spor=ng  events,  but  we  know  it  is  in  the  billions,  perhaps  the  tens  of  billions  of  dollars.  Single-­‐event  sports  beBng  is  readily  available  and  widely  prac=ced  by  Canadians.  -­‐  Hon.  Bob  Runciman  moved  third  reading  of  Bill  C-­‐290,  An  Act  to  amend  the  Criminal  Code  (sports  beGng).    Thursday  November  29,  2012  –  Debates  of  the  Senate    If  it  were  possible  to  move  people  from  beBng  with  a  bookie  to  more  legi=mate  beBng  on  single  games,  that  would  be  a  benefit  to  those  people  beBng  with  a  bookie,  at  least  from  a  problem  gambling  point  of  view.  -­‐  Gary  OConnor,  CEO  of  the  Ontario  Problem  Gambling  Research  Centre        The  proponents  of  legalizing  single  game  sports  be0ng  lead  us  to  believe  that  it  will  reap  benefits  for  provincial  coffers  by  taking  a  widely  pracJced  pasJme  and  regulaJng  it  for  the  benefit  of  everyone  but  the  bookies.    But  do  Canadians  really  support  changing  the  law  to  allow  single  event  sports  be0ng?  The  answer  is  not  so  simple.    Regulated  gambling  at  casinos,  on  loOeries  (including  “parlay”  sports  wagers  on  two  or  more  games  at  once),  and  on  other  games  of  chance  is  widespread  and  adds  over  $15  billion  to  the  Canadian  economy  every  year,  but  just  half  (50%)  of  Canadians  now  think  legalized  gambling  is  a  good  way  for  governments  to  raise  money.    Furthermore,  over  half  (55%)  of  Canadians  think  more  needs  to  be  done  to  restrict  gambling  in  their  province.      While  a  majority  of    Canadians  say  they  don’t  really  support  gambling  as  a  revenue  generator  for  governments,  they  sJll  line  up  in  droves  for  a  $50  million  LoOo  Max  jackpot.    So,  it  appears  that  we  like  to  say  gambling  is  not  good  and  we  should  do  more  to  restrict  it,  but  our  behaviour  clearly  says  something  different.   3  
    • Single Event Sports Wagering  In  line  with  this  view  on  gambling,  less  than  half  (44%)  think  Canadians  should  be  allowed  to  bet  on  the  outcome  of  a  single  sports  event  and  a  significant  porJon  of  Canadians  (33%)  are  against  any  kind  of  sports  be0ng,  regardless  of  whether  it  is  on  a  single  game  or  not.    The  country  is  clearly  divided  on  this  issue  as  well.    Provinces  in  the  East  (i.e.  AtlanJc  Canada  and  Quebec)  are  least  likely  to  agree  with  allowing  single  event  sports  be0ng  while  Ontario  and  the  West,  where  professional  sports  flourish,  are  more  likely  to  think  single  event  sports  be0ng  should  be  allowed.    Age  and  gender  seem  to  be  the  determining  factor  for  supporJng  single  event  sports  be0ng  with  males  and  those  under  age  45  years  more  likely  to  be  supporJve.    So  should  the  laws  be  changed  to  allow  single  event  sports  be0ng?    According  to  Canadians  only  four  in  ten  (41%)  say  it  should  be  changed,  while  just  under  half  (49%)  say  the  law  should  not  be  changed,  and  a  further  one  in  ten  are  not  sure.    Even  if  the  law  were  changed  to  allow  single  event  sports  be0ng  only  a  small  majority  (12%)  say  they  would  likely  make  a  wager.    Research  shows  that  only  between  3%  and  4%  of  Canadians  placed  a  wager  on  the  highly  publicized  Grey  Cup  game  last  November.    Clearly,  be0ng  on  sports  is  neither  a  widespread  phenomenon  nor  a  major  concern  among  Canadians.    So  what  is  driving  the  divide  on  this  issue?    Those  who  think  the  law  should  not  be  changed  are  most  likely  to  think  this  type  of  gambling  will  lead  to  more  social  and  gambling  problems  (80%)  and  that  it  threatens  the  integrity  of  pro  sports  because  match  fixing  will  be  easier  (67%).    Half  of  these  Canadians  also  think  there  should  be  no  sports  be0ng  at  all.    On  the  other  hand,  those  who  support  a  change  in  the  law  feel  that  regulaJng  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  protect  Canadians  from  the  illegal  sports  be0ng  industry  (62%)  and  match  fixing  issues  will  be  addressed  with  checks  and  balances  of  a  regulated  system  (68%).    InteresJngly,  over  a  third  of  Canadians  who  think  single  event  sports  wagering  should  not  be  legalized  realize  that  if  it  is,  it  will  lead  to  beOer  protecJon  for  Canadians  (39%)  and  that  checks  and  balances  will  address  any  match  fixing  concerns  (38%).   4  
    • Views  on  Gambling:     RestricVng  Access,  Raising  Revenues,  and  Single  Event  Sports  BeGng       67%   63%   55%   57%   51%   49%   53%   52%   52%   50%   50%   47%   46%   44%   43%   39%   35%   35%   Canada   BC   Prairies   Ontario   Quebec   AtlanVc   More  should  be  done  to  restrict  access  to  gambling  in  Canada   Legalized  gambling  is  a  good  way  for  provincial  governments  to  raise  money   Canadians  should  be  allowed  to  place  bets  on  the  outcome  of  a  single  sports  event      Percentage is top 2 box score- those who strongly/agree with the statement. 5      
    • Should Canadians be allowed to place bets on the outcome of a singlesports event?   37%   28%   27%   36%   46%   52%   Disagree   20%   17%   16%   16%   Neither   17%   8%   44%   49%   53%   46%   Agree   35%   35%   Canada   B.C.   Prairies   Ontario   Quebec   AtlanJc   37%   29%   33%   40%   43%   Disagree   19%   16%   16%   18%   13%   Neither   44%   50%   48%   Agree   39%   41%   Canada   18-­‐29  Years   30-­‐44  Years   45-­‐59  Years   60+  Years   6      
    • Should  the  laws  be  changed  to  allow  single  event  sports  beGng?      Q:  Which  of  the  following  views  about  be0ng  on  a  single  sport  event  is  closer  to  your  own?    The  laws  should  be  changed  to  allow  Canadians  to  legally  wager  on  the  outcome  of  a  single  sporJng  event  OR    The  laws  should  not  be  changed  to  allow  Canadians  to  legally  wager  on  the  outcome  of  a  single  sporJng  event   Not  Sure   10%   Laws   Should   Be   Changed   41%   Laws   Should   Not  Be   Changed   49%   7  
    • Single  Event  Sports  BeGng  –  Benefits  vs.  Problems     Legalizing  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  lead  to  more   social  problems  and  problem  gambling   62%   Legalized  single  event  sports  be0ng  threatens  the   integrity  of  pro  sports  making  it  easier  to  engage  in   52%   match  fixing   By  regulaJng  single  event  be0ng,  checks  and  balances   will  be  put  in  place  to  address  match  fixing  risks   49%   By  regulaJng  single-­‐event  sports  wagering  Canadians   will  be  protected  from  the  unregulated  &  illegal  sports   48%   be0ng  industry   Wagering  on  any  kind  of  sports  event  should  not  be   allowed  in  Canada   33%   Legalized  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  be  good  for   drawing  tourism  dollars  into  my  province   33%      Percentage is top 2 box score- those who strongly/agree with the statement. 8      
    • Single  Event  Sports  BeGng  –  Benefits  vs.  Problems  Split  by  Age     72%   Legalizing  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  lead  to  more   63%   social  problems  and  problem  gambling   58%   52%   Legalized  single  event  sports  be0ng  threatens  the   50%   integrity  of  pro  sports  making  it  easier  to  engage  in   54%   51%   match  fixing   53%   43%   By  regulaJng  single  event  be0ng,  checks  and  balances   49%   60+Years     will  be  put  in  place  to  address  match  fixing  risks   54%   45-­‐59  Years   51%   48%   30-­‐44  Years   By  regulaJng  single-­‐event  sports  wagering  Canadians  will   be  protected  from  the  unregulated  &  illegal  sports   42%   18-­‐29  Years   52%   be0ng  industry   49%   44%   Wagering  on  any  kind  of  sports  event  should  not  be   35%   allowed  in  Canada   29%   24%   29%   Legalized  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  be  good  for   31%   drawing  tourism  dollars  into  my  province   33%   40%      Percentage is top 2 box score- those who strongly/agree with the statement. 9      
    • Legalizing  Single  Event  Sports  BeGng  –  Even  those  opposed  can  see  the  benefits   Legalizing  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  lead  to  more   80%   social  problems  and  problem  gambling   43%   Legalized  single  event  sports  be0ng  threatens  the   67%   integrity  of  pro  sports  making  it  easier  to  engage  in   match  fixing   37%   Law  Should   38%   Not  Be   By  regulaJng  single  event  be0ng,  checks  and  balances   Changed   will  be  put  in  place  to  address  match  fixing  risks   68%   Law  Should   By  regulaJng  single-­‐event  sports  wagering  Canadians  will   39%   Be  Changed   be  protected  from  the  unregulated  &  illegal  sports   be0ng  industry   62%   Wagering  on  any  kind  of  sports  event  should  not  be   52%   allowed  in  Canada   15%   Legalized  single  event  sports  be0ng  will  be  good  for   23%   drawing  tourism  dollars  into  my  province   47%      Percentage is top 2 box score- those who strongly/agree with the statement. 10      
    • If betting on the outcome of a single sports event were legal would youmake a wager?   19%   12%   10%   12%   10%   6%   Canada   B.C.   Prairies   Ontario   Quebec   AtlanJc   17%   12%   11%   11%   9%   Canada   18-­‐29  Years   30-­‐44  Years   45-­‐59  Years   60+  Years   11      
    • Contact: Richard Leigh-Bennett, CMRP richard.leighbennett@environics.ca www.environics.ca   12