AGA Study Reveals Americans’ Views Improve As Gaming Industry Expands

Published: 23rd September 2021
Author: Debbie Hewlett
Last Updated: 23rd September 2021

According to new study from the American Gaming Association, America’s positive perception of the gaming industry is growing as the legal market in the United States increases.

The AGA’s research, based on two online polls conducted for the AGA in late summer among national samples of 2,000 Americans, found that two-thirds of adults see the industry as a positive economic contributor that provides high-quality jobs, and that 73% support legalised sports betting in their state.

Good community partner

Furthermore, Americans regard gaming as a “good community partner,” with nearly seven out of ten saying the business acts responsibly and a majority of 57 percent feeling it gives back to the communities in which it operates.

AGA President and CEO, Bill Miller said: “We are a committed, responsible partner and economic driver in communities across the country.

“Because of this, we’ve risen from the most devastating period in our history and embarked on a record-setting comeback.”

Responsible gaming

Because of the industry’s efforts in responsible gaming, the number of Americans who feel the industry is devoted to responsible gaming has increased by over 40 percent since 2018.

Furthermore, nearly 80 percent of gamblers in the previous year are aware of industry-provided responsible gaming information. Three-quarters of this group believe that particular restrictions like deposit limits, casino personnel training, and time limits are the most beneficial.

Collective success

“As legal gaming expands to new geographies and verticals, everyone engaged with legal gaming must work together to grow responsibly – our collective success depends on it,” added Miller.

Casino gambling is now allowed in 44 states, with four more joining the list in the last five years. Sports betting is authorised in 32 states and the District of Columbia, while igaming is legal in six states.

After producing $4.83 billion in revenue through July 2021, the commercial gaming industry is on track to beat its yearly revenue record set in 2019. The Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker of the American Gaming Association is keeping track of the industry’s record-breaking revival.

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About Debbie Hewlett

Debbie is an internet journalist with many years of writing experience with a focus on bingo and gaming. Debbie has written reviews and useful information for gamers and readers on a variety of websites.