Passage of fantasy sports betting illustrates shift across state

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Mike Henderson, the director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, compared Tuesday’s vote on fantasy sports to a similar vote on video poker in the 1990s. (Photo credit: Abbie Shull/LSU Manship School News Service)

Louisianans voted Tuesday to legalize Daily Fantasy Sports contests in 47 out of 64 parishes, suggesting a significant increase in support for gaming since the 1990s.

Back then, only 31 parishes voted to allow video poker. But this week, 18 parishes that had voted against video poker flipped to support fantasy sports, while two flipped the other way.

Statewide, the share of voters who supported fantasy sports is 7 percentage points higher than the share that supported video poker.

Polling expert Michael Henderson said the biggest increases in favorable votes can be found in metro areas across south Louisiana, including Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Ascension parishes.

The majority of “no” parishes still reside in the northern and central regions of the state.

“Most of the flips from opposed to support are concentrated in the southern part of the state,” Henderson, the director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, said.

Published: Nov. 8, 2018

By: Jacqueline DeRobertis and Dwayne Hinton, LSU Manship News Service

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