By better than 3-to-1, more Americans see the spread of legalized sports gambling as hurting rather than helping the integrity of professional athletics.
More than a third of American men have placed bets on pro sports (double the rate among women), although only 17 percent of people overall say they’re interested in sports betting.
Few people (12 percent overall) expect the increased legalization of sports betting to have a positive effect on the integrity of sports.
Similarly, just 10 percent of people who watch sports think broadcasts should include more discussion of sports betting.
These numbers are both higher among those who are interested in sports betting, with 37 percent of those who are interested expecting a positive effect from legalization and 25 percent wanting to see more inclusion of sports betting in broadcasts.