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'Earth Shattering' Poll Shows Widespread Support For Casinos In South Carolina

Nearly 70 Percent Of Voters Want Casinos To Pay For Road Work

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Is momentum building for South Carolina to have Las Vegas-style casino gambling?

A new poll conducted for thestate.com shows that 68 percent of state residents want land-based casinos, and they want the money from them to go toward road repairs and other infrastructure needs.

A Democratic lawmaker in the conservative state called the poll results “earth shattering.” Republicans who have long opposed gambling reportedly are questioning the validity of the results.

“What South Carolinians said in this poll is that they are tired of the Republicans digging into their pockets and taking their tax money when there is another alternative,” Rep. Todd Rutherford said, according to the report. Rutherford is pushing this year’s casino proposal.

Thirty percent oppose casinos, while two percent are unsure, according to the poll.

Support has slowing been building over the last handful of years for casinos, previous polling results show. South Carolina already allows the lottery, but it’s one of just 10 states without a casino.

Interestingly, South Carolina Republicans cite Hillary Clinton’s defeat in November as a reason to distrust the casino poll findings, while Rutherford is trying to use Trump’s win as a catalyst for casinos because the president is a former casino owner.

According to thestate.com, it’s very unlikely South Carolina ends up with casinos in the near future, despite voters apparently continuing to warm to the idea.