Gambling in the United States, 1975 (ICPSR 7495)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

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

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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.

Kallick, Maureen, Suits, Daniel Suits, Dielman, Theodore, and Hybels, Judith. Gambling in the United States, 1975. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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Commission on the Review of National Policy Toward Gambling


1975 (summer)

Produced by the University of Michigan, Survey Research Center

(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.

Population of the United States, aged 18 and older.

personal interviews

survey data



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