A majority of the public in the UK think
gambling reform will do more harm than good according to a new report by
YouGov and The Gambling Consultancy.
The survey, conducted by YouGov in May among 2,174 people across Great
Britain, found that most people think more harm than good will come from
the reforms – despite widespread recognition that the modernisation of
gambling laws will bring benefits in the form of jobs and taxes to
Three quarters of the public recognise that making it easier for people
to gamble will produce a large increase in the amount of money paid to
the government in taxes. And five out of ten people think new casinos
will bring more jobs to an area. However, half of the public are not
persuaded that making it easier for people to gamble and for casinos to
attract customers will boost UK tourism, or that the gains generally
will outweigh the losses.
Three quarters of the public think that relaxing gambling laws will
produce a large increase in problem gambling. It is this overwhelming
concern that prompts more people to agree (64%) than disagree (24%) that
relaxing gambling laws will cause more problems (in terms of the
increase in problem gambling) than benefits (in terms of increased tax
receipts paid to Government).