COLUMBIA — South Carolinians appear deadlocked on whether the state should allow gambling casinos to operate in the state, an issue close to the hearts of Hardeeville leaders.
In recent years, Jasper County advocates had sought to reverse the governor’s opposition to a proposal to open a casino in the city, but were unsuccessful.
Results of a Winthrop Poll released Wednesday showed those favoring and opposing gambling casinos in South Carolina each registered 47.3 percent. Nearly 5 percent were unsure.
When asked if they favor or oppose permitting a limited number of gambling casinos to operate in South Carolina, if they could only be located in or near Myrtle Beach, nearly 64 percent came out opposed to the idea.
Far fewer opposed the idea of Myrtle Beach area casinos if the revenue was designated for roads and other infrastructure needs: about 49 percent.