Article published on 26 March 2010

Canadians Want Online Gambling

Study shows that 55% of Canadians wants a controlled gambling market
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The Toronto Sun posted interesting statistics this week after quoting the results of an Ipsos Reid survey on internet wagering.

The survey interviewed 1,032 individuals on their sentiments on internet gambling, and found that the majority showed support for this kind of entertainment.

According to the Toronto Sun, 55% of the individuals questioned said that if government regulations were in place, they were willing to permit online gambling within their borders.

Paul Lauzon of Ipsos Reid said in the article: "We see that Americans are more concerned with regulation than Canadians."

"Comparing a number of legally permitted gambling options, Canadian interest in playing remains almost unchanged based on regulation or no regulation. But Americans feel more comfortable in playing betting games and gambling when there is a system of government regulation in place."

The survey drew comparisons between US and Canadian players and found that in 2007, 41% of Americans and 28% of Canadians said that they were aware that online gambling was illegal.

In 2010, that number dropped to 37% of Americans and 23% of Canadians.

A third of Canadians said that they believed that online gambling should be dealt with by their province, while 67% said that federal governments should be in charge.

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