New poll finds nearly 75% of Americans oppose ban of Internet gambling

The Poker Players Alliance, a pro-poker grassroots organization with more than 20,000 members in the United States, renewed its objection to online gambling prohibition today, highlighting a new survey by ICR market research, an independent market research supplier, which finds nearly 75% of Americans oppose moves by Congress to ban Internet poker. The results of the March 29, 2006, survey have been re-printed below.

"The new poll results are a clear illustration of the public's feelings on this issue. Simply put, people don't want their member of Congress telling them what they can and cannot do in their own home -- especially when it comes to a game that's as all-American as jazz or basketball," said Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance.

At a roundtable panel discussion held by the Poker Players Alliance today, three of poker's most famous faces -- Howard Lederer, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, and Greg Raymer – together with Radley Balko of the Cato Institute and Bolcerek, each explained why efforts to ban online gambling are misguided.

"We are here today to speak about the growing threat to poker as it relates to the online game," said Bolcerek. "We are here to defend the game and express our opposition to Congress' efforts to kill the sport and restrict our civil liberties."

Survey Questions & Results:

Question 1: "Should the federal government prevent Americans from playing poker?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
5% 90% 4.5% 0.4%

Question 2: "Should the federal government prevent Americans from playing poker in Las Vegas?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
5.5%90.7% 3.3% 0.5%

Question 3: "Should the federal government prevent Americans from playing poker in Casinos on Indian Reservations?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
8.3%86.6%4.6% 0.5%

Question 4: "Should the federal government prevent Americans from playing poker for charitable fundraisers?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
8.1%86.9% 4.4% 0.6%

Question 5: "Should the federal government prevent Americans from playing poker on the Internet?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
18%74.2% 7.4% 0.4%

Question 6: "Should the federal government prevent Americans from playing poker in the privacy of your own home?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
3%94.7% 1.8% 0.5%

Question 7: "Do you believe the federal government should be managing Americans' gambling behaviors on the Internet?"

YesNoDon't KnowRefused
26.9%66.1%6.4% 0.6%

The results of this survey reflect a randomly selected group of 964 adults. Those selected were read a series of questions and asked to respond with "yes," "no," or "I don't know."

For more information on the Poker Players Alliance, please see Poker Players Alliance Fights For Poker's Rights.

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