68% Favor Legalized Gambling; 39% Would Legalize Prostitution

August 25, 2011, 5:00 PM UTC

Many states permit gambling -in casinos or through lotteries -and Americans generally support that. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, two out of three favor legalized gambling, 22% oppose it. Republicans and Democrats, the young and the old, support it at about the same level.


But Americans have very different views about legalizing prostitution. 52% oppose that. And support differs from one group to the next. Those under 30 are divided about the prospect; those 65 and older are overwhelmingly opposed. Men are more favorable to legalizing prostitution than women are; college graduates more positive
 than those with less education. And while 49% of independents and 42% of Democrats would legalize prostitution, only 26% of Republicans agree.

Do you think that prostitution should be legal?
Total   39%
Gender Male 45%
  Female 32%
Age 18-29 45%
  30-64 36%
  65+ 8%
Party Dem 42%
  Rep 26%
  Ind 49%

Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

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