The results of a quarterly survey based on two separate questionnaires, which the UK Gambling Commission had commissioned, have been published.
While one of the questionnaires deals with participation in gambling in all its forms, the other is based on remote gambling only. This survey is conduced every quarter by ICM Research, in the months of March, June, September, and December, on a sample of UK citizens above the age of 18.
The results of the survey dealing with gambling in all its forms show that 58.1 percent of the sample said that they had gambled during the past four weeks. Of the 58.1 percent who admitted that they were in the habit of gambling, 48 percent said that they purchased national lottery lines, 13 percent said that they played national lottery scratch offs, 10.6 percent said that they purchased tickets to gambling events held for social causes or to raise funds for charity, 4.3 percent said that they bet on horses, 3.4 percent said that they played slot machine games, and 3.3 percent said that they gambled in private circles of friend, relatives, and family members.
Most of those who said that they gambled were male and above the age of 45.
The results of the survey dealing with remote gambling show that 12.2 percent of the respondents had participated in remote gambling activities during the past 4 weeks. Half of them had purchased national lottery lines online.
The percentage of people participating in remote gambling activities has increased. While it was only 11.1 percent in 2010, it rose to 12.4 percent in 2011. The survey results show that an increasing number of people are participating in the national lottery online. Excluding those who play the national lottery, those who participate in remote gambling activities comprise just 5.4 percent. Most of these people were male and belong to the age group of 18 to 44.
The most popular forms of remote gambling were playing real money casino games through a computer or a laptop or any handheld device. About 11 percent of the respondents said that they used handheld devices or desktop or laptop computers. Only 2.5 percent said that they used mobiles and an even smaller percentage of 1 percent participated in interactive or digital television gambling.
This gambling survey is being conducted regularly from June 2008; what’s more, the survey will continue to be conducted and results will be published every quarter.