Growing Canadian Support For Online Gaming

Published: March 25, 2010 01:52 pm EDT

The results of a recent survey indicate that Canadian residents are starting to show more support for legalized, regulated online gambling


According to an article by the Toronto Sun, an Ipsos Reid survey conducted in January found that 55 per cent of the 1,032 individuals polled said that they are willing to permit internet gambling as long as government regulations are in place. The article says that 48 per cent of Canadians supported such a stance in 2007.

"We see that Americans are more concerned with regulation than Canadians," Paul Lauzon of Ipsos Reid was quoted as saying.

"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."

(With files from the Toronto Sun)