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Gambling in the United States, 1975 (ICPSR 7495)

Principal Investigator(s): Kallick, Maureen; Suits, Daniel Suits; Dielman, Theodore; Hybels, Judith


This study contains interviews conducted with a national sample (Part 1) and a sample of Nevada residents (Part 2) on gambling activities and attitudes toward both legal and illegal gambling. The study attempted to determine the extent of gambling activities in the United States, examine the social consequences of changes in gambling laws, and estimate government revenues available from legal gambling. Questions were asked about leisure time activities, gambling patterns, amount of money bet, and types of gambling practiced by respondents. Specially designed questions on "off-track betting" were asked of residents of the greater New York City area -- the only area besides Nevada where this kind of gambling had been legalized. New Jersey residents were queried on another type of gambling, "Pickit", the only legal numbers game that existed in the United States at the time the study was conducted. Demographic data include age, sex, race, marital status, level of education, religious preference and church attendance, number of children, employment status, occupation, and income.

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DS2:  Nevada Sample - Download All Files (14.562 MB)
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Study Description


Kallick, Maureen, Daniel Suits Suits, Theodore Dielman, and Judith Hybels. Gambling in the United States, 1975. ICPSR07495-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07495.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07495.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Commission on the Review of National Policy Toward Gambling

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    casinos, gambling, government revenues, illegal gambling, legalized gambling, leisure, recreation, social behavior, social change, social problems, social values

Geographic Coverage:    Nevada, New Jersey, New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1975

Date of Collection:   

  • 1975 (summer)

Universe:    Population of the United States, aged 18 and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by the University of Michigan, Survey Research Center


Sample:    (1) A cross-national sample was drawn from a sampling frame designed for national probability samples of household populations. Urban residents and males were oversampled based on the premise that gambling varies with geographic location and men gamble more than women. Thus, the sampling rate in Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) was twice the rate in non-SMSAs, and 800 supplemental respondents were selected from the 12 largest cities. In addition, two-thirds of the interviews were conducted with males and only one-third with females. The data were weighted to correct for disproportionate selection of households and non-response. (2) Residents of Nevada were sampled separately using a design intended to give equal probability of selection to each household in Carson City, Washoe, and Clark counties.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7495.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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