Recent poll results not bode well for California sports betting initiatives

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  • Public opinion on both California sports betting initiatives is trending downward
  • Neither California’s online nor retail sports betting initiatives are doing well
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) opposes California online sports betting

The latest poll of state voters does not bode well for either California’s online sportsbook initiative or its retail sportsbook counterpart.

In the latest numbers released by the Public Policy Institute of California, just 26% of voters polled would vote yes to Prop 27, the “California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act,” which aims to curb California online sports betting to legalize for partner companies with California tribes. According to the poll results, 67% would vote no and 8% are unsure.

Both California sports betting initiatives fare poorly

The number of “yes” votes has declined since PPIC released a poll in mid-September in which 34% of respondents said they would vote for the online sports betting initiative.

Younger voters, between the ages of 18 and 44, are much more likely to vote for Prop 27. 41% of respondents in this age group said they support the initiative, while just 19% of respondents over the age of 45 support the measure.

For the first time, PPIC asked polled voters for their opinion on Prop 26, the Tribal Sports Wagering Act, which would legalize retail sports betting for California Tribal casinos and four state racetracks. According to the poll, in an election today, only 34% of respondents would vote for Prop 26, 57% would vote no, and 9% are unsure.

According to the poll, a majority of respondents across all regions and demographic groups, excluding likely voters between the ages of 18 and 44, would vote no on Prop 26.

The results of the PPIC report are based on a survey of 1,715 adult California residents.

Governor Newsom rejects Prop 27

Governor Gavin Newsom (D) officially opposed Prop 27 after months of implying he opposed the measure.

As first reported by Politico, Newsom announced his opposition to California’s online sports betting initiative, citing its potential harm to California’s tribes and driving revenue out of the state.

“Proposition 27 is bad for California. It would harm California Indian tribes, increase the risk of underage gambling, and divert billions of dollars out of California into the pockets of out-of-state companies. Vote no on the 27th,” Newsom said in a statement from Politico.

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