Almost six in 10 Singapore adults are opposed to the idea of legalizing online gambling, making them the fourth most opposed globally according to a new study by research data and analytics technology firm, YouGov.
The study, titled “Global Gambling 2022: The consumer view in the gambling debate” found that 56% of Singaporeans think online gambling should not be allowed, putting it well above the global average of 46%. Only Spain (57%), India (57%) and China (56%) express greater or similar resistance.
YouGov said its report aims to explore how both consumers of gambling products and those who do not participate think about gambling and its place in society. It covers 18 international markets and looks at some key areas of debate around gambling, from the opening up of the sports-betting and online opportunities to issues that have emerged around gambling advertising, the position of the lottery in the public consciousness, land-based gambling’s place post-pandemic and the legitimacy of gambling.
The data around Singapore also found that older generations express greater opposition towards online gambling with 68% of Baby Boomers opposed versus 62% of Gen Xers, 44% for Millennials and 45% for Gen Z.
Only 25% of respondents said current rules and regulations towards online gambling were too strict, with 40% disagreeing with that sentiment.
Of the generations, 28% of both Gen Zs and Gen Xers said regulations were too strict.