STATE—Sports betting is illegal in New Jersey, but many voters favor changing that.
According to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 63 percent of voters say they would favor making sports-betting legal in New Jersey at Atlantic City casinos, while 32 percent say they would oppose it. Men favor it by more than a 2-1 margin (69-27), more strongly than women (58-36). Self-described liberals favor it (70-27) more strongly than conservatives (56-38).
“Betting on sports is not an uncommon practice for many New Jerseyans,” said Donald Hoover, a professor in FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and a former casino executive. “But for the most part, the state doesn’t supervise it, doesn’t tax it and doesn’t take any revenue from it.”
For the first time since April 2003, a majority of Garden Staters (51 percent) say the country is headed in the right direction, up from a low of 13 percent before November’s elections, according to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.
Two in three Garden State voters (66 percent) say they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing as President, including 89 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independent voters and 36 percent of Republicans. Obama’s approval ratings are down slightly from measures taken before his inauguration, but are still more than triple the figures former President Bush received in his last months in office. Both liberals and moderates hold very positive views of Obama, with 86 percent and 74 percent approving of his job performance along with 41 percent of self-described conservatives.
UTICA, N.Y.—The nation’s current economic conditions have caused many Americans to rethink their spending habits, with 70 percent saying they have cut back on entertainment, recreation and eating out at restaurants in the past year, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.
The slashing of entertainment budgets isn’t just taking place in poorer households – around 70 percent of those in all household income brackets, including those with more than $100,000 in household income, said they have reduced their spending on entertainment and at restaurants in the past year. Younger adults are most likely to say they have cut back – 76 percent of those age 18-29 are spending less on entertainment, compared to 55 percent of those age 65 and older who say the same.