Survey data on remote gambling participation: January 2009

Abstract

AIM: Assess remote gambling participation. METHOD: ICM omnibus survey, a 2,000-adult telephone survey conducted quarterly. FINDINGS: Over the year to December 2008, 9.7% of adults had participated in at least one form of remote gambling in the previous month. This compares with the 2007 calendar year figure of 8.8% and the 2006 calendar year figure of 7.2%. The growth in participation in remote gambling is explained largely by increased online participation in the National Lottery. If those only playing National Lottery games remotely are excluded, 5.6% of respondents had participated in remote gambling in the year to December 2008, compared with 5.2% in 2007 and 5.1% in 2006. Those participating in remote gambling remain more likely to be male than female, and are more likely to be aged 18-44. Remote gambling via a computer, laptop or handheld device was most popular (7.8% of all respondents), followed by gambling via mobile phone (2.9%) and interactive/digital TV (2.1%).

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