ESA National Economic Panel Polls
Social costs of gambling - December 2016
Proposition: "The social costs of gambling exceed the benefits (including consumer surplus from recreational gambling and tax revenue for governments)."
Overview of poll results by Associate Professor Michael O'Neil
The results were that (N=28) 9 respondents agreed, 9 disagreed and 10 were uncertain. A number of respondents commented that the question was poorly posed which I think reflects the debate as to what are and how to measure social costs (i.e. private and public costs) of gambling.