Wives of television sitcom characters who worry about their bumbling husbands blowing the rent money on gambling have been a classic stereotype for more than 60 years.
Times have changed, and now women are now much more likely to be sports fans themselves.
So does that translate into an equalizing of attitudes toward sports betting, now that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May paved the way for any state to offer it?
Not according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll of respondents across the U.S. that was released on Friday.
And there isn’t just a gender gap when it comes to acceptance of sports betting — there is an age gap as well.
Men are from Mars …
First the gender gap: The poll of 741 adults (a sample size resulting in an estimated +/- 3.7% margin of error) asked men and women if they approved of the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a 1992 federal law limiting sports betting, and while 52% of men approved of the ruling, only 28% of women did.
A significant gender split also was found on whether college sports should be included along with pro sports in legal betting offerings. Whereas 51% of men wanted both options, only 35% of women agreed.
(This is a particularly relevant question in New Jersey, where betting on games involving New Jersey universities or on college events held within the state is not allowed.)