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The Lotto and the Lord: Religious Influences on the Adoption of a Lottery in South Carolina

Laura R. Olson, Karen V. Guth and James L. Guth

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 64, issue 1, pages 87-110
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712270
The Lotto and the Lord: Religious Influences on the Adoption of a Lottery in South Carolina

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On November 7, 2000, despite the ardent pleas of clergy from across the spectrum of religious traditions, South Carolina voters repealed a constitutional amendment to pave the way for a state lottery. In a state known for intense evangelical religiosity, this outcome raises several important questions about the political influence of religion and religious leaders. In this article we offer a history of the religious aspects of the lottery debate in South Carolina and an empirical look at the relationships between religious factors and support for the lottery among South Carolina voters. Specifically, we explore the extent to which involvement in evangelical Protestantism, political salience of religion, and clergy cues affected public support for a state lottery. Data for the empirical analysis are drawn from an October 3, 2000 poll of 450 South Carolinians who had voted in two previous elections.

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