Idaho citizens are split over whether they agree or disagree with state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s decision that daily fantasy sports contests violate gambling laws, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
Dan Jones & Associates in a recent survey finds that 41 percent of Idaho adults agree with Wasden’s decision, 43 percent disagree, and 15 percent don’t know.
On May 1, Wasden announced an agreement with the two major fantasy football, baseball, and basketball (and other sports) firms, DraftKings and FanDuel.
No longer will those fantasy leagues accept bets from Idaho residents.
Wasden’s opinion doesn’t affect the current Idaho State Lottery.
The daily fantasy betting, where folks put together teams or just bet on individual players’ performances, has exploded in the United States, with billions of dollars bet on a variety of games.
Interestingly enough, Jones finds that Idaho Democrats are most upset with the GOP AG’s actions:
- 47 percent of Democrats disagree with Wasden’s ban.
- 34 percent agree, and 20 percent don’t know.
- 47 percent of Republicans agree with the AG.
- 39 percent disagree and want to keep the fantasy betting, while 15 percent don’t know.
Political independents are harsher on Wasden; 49 percent disagreed with his betting ban, 37 percent agree, and 13 percent don’t know.
There is a religious element to the populace’s beliefs.
Mormons are discouraged from gambling by their Utah-based church leaders.
Jones finds that 63 percent of Idaho Mormons agree with Wasden’s fantasy betting ban, 27 percent disagree and 10 percent don’t know.
Catholics have a long history of minor betting – bingo and raffles and such – and 41 percent do not agree with Wasden’s ban, 40 percent agree, and 10 percent of Catholics don’t have an opinion.
Protestants favor the ban, 51-38 percent.
Those who told Jones they are “general Christians” – like born-again converts – are most opposed to Wasden’s ban: 55 percent disagree with him, 27 percent agree, and 18 percent don’t know.
While Wasden’s actions on fantasy betting bans are unpopular with some Idahoans, at this time his ban is not affecting his favorable/unfavorable ratings.
As reported previously in Idaho Politics Weekly, 39 percent of Idahoans approve of the job Wasden is doing as state attorney general, just 17 percent disapprove of his job performance, 22 percent have heard of Wasden but have no opinion of him, and 23 percent of Idahoans have not even heard of Wasden.
Jones polled 603 Idahoans from May 18 to June 4. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.99 percent.