2018 World Cup Gambling Survey: Love the Games, Not the Gambling


Survey Objective:To understand how popular gambling is during the World Cup, and gather suggestions on how to deter gambling during the games

Survey Method:Questionnaire

Survey Conducted:April 25 – May 25, 2018

Number of Questions: Eleven

Subjects: Hong Kong Residents

Number of Eligible Interviewees: 1635 persons

Survey Abstract

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) Family Affairs Committee (“the Committee”) has always been concerned with the impact football gambling has on Hong Kong society, especially how the activity harms young people, and we take every opportunity to spread the message of “Love the Games, Not the Gambling.”

In order to understand how popular gambling is during the World Cup, and gather suggestions on how to deter gambling during the games, the committee conducted a “World Cup gambling survey”. The survey results found 30% of respondents younger than 21 have already engaged in football gambling activities before, nearly 10% of whom are under the age of 18. Around 30% of respondents said that they are planning to gamble on the 2018 World Cup games, and 10% have plans to place bets with large sums of HK$5000 or more. What the committee found surprising is that over 80% of respondents have never heard of “The Ping Wo Fund” and “Quit Gambling” counselling hotlines. Furthermore, close to 50% of respondents feel that the current measures taken against gambling are insufficient, that the legal age for gambling should be increased and that public awareness/education campaigns should be strengthened.

We propose that The Ping Wo Fund should step up efforts to publicise anti-gambling messages and in promoting its preventive and remedial measures that address gambling-related problems. At the same time, we request the government to raise the legal age for gambling to 21 to stop the trend of gambling starting at an earlier age. Also, we propose that the Jockey Club programme betting limit settings for gambling customers and have warning messages and signs prominently displayed at betting stations and on its web pages.

Media Inquiries: DAB Family Affairs Committee Chairperson Jacqueline Chung Ka Man (5109 8058) and DAB Legislative Councilor Vincent Cheng (6373 1979)

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