Daily Fantasy Sports Poll: NY Assemblyman & Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz
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Daily fantasy sports, provided by nearly billion-dollar companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings, have become wildly popular and lucrative. Playing these online games involves selecting a virtual lineup of actual sports figures and scoring points on their real-life performances. Successful players pay fees to play and can win money.
Enter New York State Assembly bill A8554, sponsored by Assemblyman Ortiz. The bill would classify daily fantasy sports as games of chance, as opposed to skill, and place DFS under the regulatory jurisdiction of the New York State Gaming Commission.
Gauging constituent sentiment on legislation can be costly and time-consuming, even more so depending on how specific the target population and topics are. Political polls are currently conducted by phone, as elected officials’ staffs are wary of online polls since there is no way to verify voters.
There is a gap in the market for an innovative solution to:
- Measure sentiment of verified, registered voters
- Enable targeted, direct messaging between representatives and voters
- Galvanize grassroots support
icitizen is a nonpartisan, cost-effective mobile polling solution with a strong user base of verified voters. Our polling team worked with Assemblyman Ortiz to distill the daily fantasy sports issues into poll questions designed to directly gauge
constituent sentiment on:
- Whether fantasy sports constitute games of skill or gambling
- Whether people favored the move by a private credit card company, Citigroup, to block payments to DFS companies
- Whether people supported or opposed giving the New York State Gaming Commission the power to regulate DFS
icitizen’s sponsored-polling services included two weeks of broad promotion to publicize the campaign, which ran from Feb. 8-19, 2016.
“This poll was a way to quickly educate users and voters on a piece of legislation about daily fantasy sports,” said Ortiz. “Right now, DFS are classified as skill-based games, but the bill I’m sponsoring would classify them as gambling. No matter where users stand on this issue, I was able to gain interesting, data-driven insight into how they felt about the issue and how it should be addressed, which will help when this bill is up for a vote. Polls like this help elected officials like myself understand how our voters feel about our legislative priorities.”
Felix Ortiz, New York Assemblyman & Assistant Speaker
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