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68% of Californians Support Regulated Online Poker

A recent survey undertaken by the Coalition for Consumer & Online Protection (C4COP) shows that slightly better than 2 out of 3 California residents are in favor of online poker legislation.

The poll was taken between April 15-21 by Tulcin Research, who reached out to 800 residents via telephone throughout the Golden State. The results were issued via press release late last week just one day after the California State Assembly ‘s Governmental Organization Committee held a hearing to learn more about Internet poker from 33 witnesses.

C4COP, along with the American Gaming Association and Poker Players Alliance, are working toward spreading online poker legislation across the U.S. They are waging a battle against the deep pockets of Sheldon Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling.

The survey found 27% of those polled to be against online poker, taking the stance of Adelson on the issue. C4COP points to the fact that 68% of Californians support well-regulated online poker to be “further proof that Sheldon Adelson’s reckless legislation, which would institute a nationwide ban on all online gaming, is out of step with the public.”

That legislation is the Restoration of America’s Wire Act that was introduced to Congress late last month by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). The proposal takes aim at the DOJ’s 2011 ruling that allowed states to enact their own forms of online poker and gambling legislation.

A ban on online poker and gambling would leave Americans with no choice but to continue accessing unregulated gaming sites that afford no protections for consumers, C4COP argues. The California survey has a margin of error at +/- 3.5%.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.