A new poll has found New Jersey residents nearly evenly split on whether the state should continue its efforts to legalize sports betting.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Wednesday found the state almost equally divided on whether New Jersey should appeal a recent federal court decision that upheld a ban on legalized sports betting in the state.
The poll found 37 percent feel the state should appeal and keep fighting to overturn the ban, while 34 percent say the state should end its efforts until the federal ban is lifted; 22 percent are undecided.
"Given the inattention of voters on this issue, opinions either way are likely to be soft, and yet it’s certainly notable that the gut reaction of the electorate is one of indecision and hesitancy," said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind.
New Jersey missed a chance to legalize sports betting in the 1990s; it's currently legal in only four states.
A federal appeals court last month ruled that New Jersey's sports betting law conflicts with federal law and shouldn't be implemented.