In 2018 the National Council on Problem Gambling conducted the National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences 1.0 (NGAGE). The NGAGE survey was the first major national research on gambling issues and public attitudes about gambling since the 1999 National Gambling Impact Study Commission. It met a critical need for contemporary data about these issues.
The second National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences (NGAGE 2.0) was conducted in 2021, when legal sports betting was available in 21 states, to measure changes in national gambling attitudes and experiences from 2018.
The survey questions address a broad range of issues including gambling participation, rates of problematic behavior and positive play, and public beliefs and opinions about problem gambling. This research also includes an in-depth look at specific aspects and attitudes about sports betting and fantasy sports betting, providing the most detailed information to date about these emerging fields.
The NGAGE 1.0 survey was conducted at the outset of what is likely to be the largest and fastest expansion of gambling in our nation’s history. NGAGE 2.0 provides an in-depth look at the shift in trends and attitudes about sports betting and fantasy sports betting, providing the most detailed information to date in emerging US research about these fields.
NCPG will continue to use this information to advocate for programs and services to assist people and families affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction.
Using the NGAGE survey data as a baseline, there is an urgent need for ongoing national survey research to measure and monitor these trends. Without this information it is impossible to accurately assess the costs, benefits and impacts of gambling in America.
For more information about NCPG and the full range of programs and services in Advocacy, Awareness and Assistance in problem gambling and responsible gambling, please visit www.ncpgambling.org. NCPG is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization funded by members and donors. NCPG receives no federal funding.