Survey Says 70 Percent of Aussies Support Gambling Ad Ban


Australians have just about had enough of the continuous drone of gambling advertisements on their televisions, computers, phones and radios. That’s the big takeaway from a recent survey by the Australia Institute where a full 71 percent of respondents said that gambling advertisements should be banned entirely.

The Australia Institute, an Aussie polling firm similar to Gallup, polled 1,003 people between August 13 and August 16 of this year to find out their opinions on a number of different types of advertising. Categories on the survey included gambling, fast food, fossil fuel, tobacco and alcohol. Only 24 percent of those surveyed thought that fossil fuel ads should be banned while 74 percent thought that an existing ban on tobacco ads should remain in place.

Broken down by age and gender, the gambling ad portion of the survey had some pretty predictable results. Survey takers found that women supported a ban more than men by a margin of 40 percent to 35 percent. Exactly half of older adults, those 60 and over, supported banning gambling ads.

Geographically speaking, a gambling ad ban would find plenty of support in Western Australia, where 40 percent of respondents strongly agreed with the idea of a ban. In New South Wales, which has seen plenty of legislative action in this category, 35 percent of survey respondents strongly agreed with the ban.

Executive Director of the Australia Institute Dr. Richard Denniss spoke about the survey results (and revealed a slight bias) in a recent press release saying, “Results also show Australians have had enough of the gambling industry saturating our airwaves with messages enticing us to bet.

“The majority view was clear on both junk food and gambling, across all voting intentions – give these ads the punt.

Australia has been cracking down on excessive gambling advertising for more than a decade, and this survey shows that the public would likely support even more laws regulating them.

Author: Sofia Barrett