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Gambling in the United States, 1975

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Kallick, Maureen
  • Suits, Daniel Suits
  • Dielman, Theodore
  • Hybels, Judith
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Commission on the Review of National Policy Toward Gambling
Free Keywords
casinos; gambling; government revenues; illegal gambling; legalized gambling; leisure; recreation; social behavior; social change; social problems; social values
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: National Sample
    • DS2: Nevada Sample
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1975
  • Collection date: 1975
Geographic Coverage
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Population of the United States, aged 18 and older.
(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.
Collection Mode
  • Produced by the University of Michigan, Survey Research Center

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. Funding insitution(s): Commission on the Review of National Policy Toward Gambling.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7495 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Kallick-Kaufman, Maureen. A Survey of American Gambling Attitudes and Behavior. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. 1979.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Kallick, Maureen; Suits, Daniel Suits; Dielman, Theodore; Hybels, Judith (1984): Gambling in the United States, 1975. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.