Americans want Internet gambling illegal

Two out of three Americans want Internet gambling to remain illegal, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll.

Nearly half of the people who responded – 46 percent – say casinos have a negative local impact.

More than 1,000 people took part in the survey.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., has introduced legislation that would legalize Internet gambling. Frank already has been successful in delaying the implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). It was supposed to go into effect at the end of last year. It’s been delayed until June. Family advocates explain that Frank called for the delay in order to have time to overturn UIGEA.

The Fairleigh Dickinson poll also shows a majority oppose sports betting and its legalization in order to increase government revenues, according to Mike Faragher, a counselor with the Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center. “We have, in recent years, seen a number of cases where gambling associated with sports has destroyed people’s lives,” he said.

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