Most Texans want casino gambling, but lawmakers unwilling to roll the dice Grommer Jeffers Jr, Dallas Morning News · March 8, 2021 at 7:04 am Texans like gambling, but don’t bet on lawmakers legalizing casinos or sports betting anytime soon. A new poll by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler reveals that 57% of Texans support allowing casino gambling in the Lone Star State. Only 29% of respondents are opposed, with 13% saying it doesn’t matter. Of that total, 52% of white evangelicals, a group that routinely blocks the expansion of gambling, are in favor of allowing casinos in Texas. And Texans support sports betting, a trend that’s occurring across the nation, by a 43% to 26% margin, with 31% responding that it doesn’t matter to them. White evangelicals were less thrilled about sports betting. They oppose it by a 44% to 26% margin.