Internet gambling is for the most part, illegal in both the United States and Canada yet a January Ipsos Reid survey has found that only 23% of Canadian respondents know Internet gambling is illegal in this country.

In the U.S., 37% of respondents to the survey were aware that Internet gambling was illegal.

The survey also found that more North Americans are willing to see Internet gambling permitted provided there were some type of regulations surrounding the activity.

“The idea of Internet gambling appears to be gaining acceptance in North America, with more people expressing an interest to see it legalized with proper regulation,” says Paul Lauzon, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Ipsos Reid’s Lottery & Gaming Group.

“Governments also appear to be doing a poor job at informing citizens that Internet gambling is in fact illegal unless regulated by a State or Provincial authority. ”

Ipos says that over the course of the past two years, North Americans have become less aware of the illegal status of Internet gambling. In the U.S., 37% of respondents to the survey were aware that Internet gambling was illegal versus 41% two years earlier. In Canada, the number was 23%, down from 28% two years ago.

When asked about whether internet gambling should be allowed, half of Americans (49%) and slightly more than half of Canadians (55%) are willing to permit Internet gambling as long as government regulations are in place, up from 46% and 48% respectively in the previous study.

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