Massachusetts has legalized sports betting, but residents in the Bay State have expressed mixed feelings about gambling.
A BetMassachusetts.com poll found that 41% of residents are “likely” or “very likely” to bet on sports. However, 37% of residents said it is “unlikely” or “very unlikely” that they will.
Furthermore, 71% of Bay State residents do not currently bet on sports, and 69% have never ventured outside of Massachusetts to place a legal wager.
This is in stark contrast to the 26% of adults polled who currently wager on sports and the 28% who have traveled to neighboring states to do so.
Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island, Massachusetts’ neighbors, already allow residents to bet legally, and gambling is popular.
However, according to this survey, Bay Staters have mixed feelings about sports betting, at least when it comes to their participation.
Nonetheless, 37% of current Massachusetts bettors expect to place a wager at least once per week. A further 38% anticipate betting once a month to multiple times per year.
When it comes to betting brands, Bay Staters overwhelmingly support their fellow Massachusettsan, Boston-based sportsbook DraftKings.
DraftKings was preferred by approximately 57% of bettors, with FanDuel coming in second at slightly more than 33%, BetMGM third, and Caesars fourth.
These findings were derived from an online survey of 1,008 Massachusetts adults, defined as residents aged 18 and up.
Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the state’s sports betting bill into law.