Poll: Nearly half in US support legalized sports betting

FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose holds his place marker during a ceremony to honor the 1976 World Series champion team, before the Reds' baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cincinnati.  Rose has appealed directly to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in an effort to restore his eligibility to be elected. In a seven-page letter to the Hall's president on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Rose's longtime attorney Raymond Genco makes the case that the career hits leader's ban from baseball for gambling in 1989 was not intended to make him ineligible for the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds nearly half of Americans approve of legalized sports betting — something that’s permitted in only four states.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Wednesday finds 48 percent support changing federal law to make sports betting legal throughout the country; 39 percent are opposed.

The poll comes as New Jersey opens another front in its eight-year war on a federal law restricting sports betting to those states that met a 1991 deadline: Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware.

New lawmakers have come up with another potential way around the ban, and the state’s horse racing industry wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the matter once and for all.

The telephone poll of 1,019 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

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