A new poll released Sunday found that more than half of all Alabamians are in favor of a lottery in the state and they want the proceeds directed to ailing public schools.
The survey was conducted by the University of South Alabama for the Mobile Register newspaper.
Patrick Cotter, a University of Alabama political scientist, said general support for a lottery has been strong in Alabama since the 1980s and even stronger when the proposal is linked to education. He said it's only when a lottery proposal is detailed that it runs into trouble.
Democratic Governor Don Siegelman who is running for a second term, has again raised the idea of starting a lottery to provide money for schools. His 1998 lottery proposal was rejected by voters 54 to 46 percent.