AGA Survey Reveals Voters Have Positive Thoughts On Casinos Economic Contribution

The United States is known as a melting pot due to the many diverse cultures living in the nation. But the term can also be used in other ways, such as the casino industry. Across the US, players have access to a vast array of gaming options. One state might offer lottery gaming while another features casinos and online gaming, essentially a melting pot of sorts involving gaming. Recently, the American Gaming Association reported results of a survey regarding the gaming industry and how Americans feel about casinos in the nation. The outcome was pretty positive as 49% of those surveyed have a positive view of casino operators.

Survey Details

The Mellman Group conducted the AGA survey, consulting with 1,000 registered voters from around the country. The results showed that 49% feel positively about the casino industry. This is around 4% more than the results from the 2018 survey of the same type. Around 44% have visited a casino in the past year and around 49% plan to visit a casino in the next year.

It seems the perception of casino gaming has shifted more to the positive. Around the US, states are starting to offer more within their gambling industries, from new casino facilities to sports betting and even online gaming.

Of those surveyed, around 57% feel that casinos contribute to the economies locally and 71% feel that the casino industry is a large supplier of jobs.

CEO of the AGA Bill Miller commented that the favorability of the gaming industry has never been higher in the US. As gaming continues to expand, more Americans are engaging in the industry and see firsthand the positive impact on the local economies as well as the value presented as a community partner.

Growth and Positivity

It seems a major shift is taking place involving the perception of gambling as a whole as the options continue to grow in the US. In the past, many Americans had an unfavorable opinion of sports betting. This is however changing. As more states begin to offer services, both online and retail outlets, Americans are seeing how the economy is growing and becoming a more safe environment for consumers who do wager.

The sports betting industry will only continue to grow as more states consider legislation as 2020 begins. As the industry moves forward, the opinion should only continue to increase in positivity among residents as the benefits are seen.

Online gaming is also growing now after several years of being limited to Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. Pennsylvania just recently launched services and other states are starting to become more open to the idea.

As time progresses, hopefully more states will be receptive to online gaming legalization, particularly if residents of the US continue to have a favorable opinion on the matter.

We look forward to seeing what 2020 will bring and how the gambling industry will continue to evolve across the United States.

Rebecca Kont
Rebecca Kont

Rebecca lives in Las Vegas and after completing her degree at Reynolds Journalism school joined the USGS team to pursue her journalism dreams.