NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – If the election were today, an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution allowing gambling on sporting events in Atlantic City casinos and at race tracks throughout the state would easily win approval, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Betting on sports events, which will be on the November 8 general election ballot, is supported by 58 percent of likely voters, while only 31 percent oppose. Among Republicans support is even higher, at 64 percent, while 58 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents also favor the measure.

"While it amends the New Jersey Constitution, this ballot measure will not have any practical effect unless the federal government lifts its ban on sports betting," said poll Director David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. "Nonetheless, New Jerseyans are ready to position New Jersey to take advantage of any change in federal law."

Results are from a poll of 903 adults, including a sample of 821 registered voters and 603 likely voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from Oct. 6-9. The sample of likely voters has a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points, while the registered voter sample has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.