New Poll Suggests Majority of California Voters Disapprove of Marijuana Legalization

 by lucy

A new poll conducted by USC Dornsife and Los Angeles Times found that 50% of California residents disapprove of legalizing the “general or recreational use” of marijuana by adults.  46% of those polled approved of legalizing marijuana for the same purpose.

A poll of 1,000 voters was conducted statewide from May 17th to May 21st.

The poll also showed that more of those against marijuana legalization felt strongly about their position than those who were in support marijuana legalization.

The majority of individuals living in the Bay Area approved of legalizing marijuana, but that was the only area of the state in which a pro-legalization majority was reached.  55% of those in the Bay Area supported legalization, while 49% of voters in Los Angleles County and 41% of voters in Southern California approved of it.

Younger voters were more likely to be in favor of marijuana, with 58% of those in their late teens and 20s saying that they would support marijuana legalization.  Only 51% of those between the ages of 54 and 60 were in support of it, and only 28% of respondents age 64 and over were in support of it.

When broken down into party affiliations, 60% of independents favored marijuana legalization, followed by 50% of Democrats and 28% of Republicans.

A former legalization initiative, Proposition 19, which failed in 2010, showed similar results to those found in the poll, leading researchers to believe that public opinion has not greatly changed on the subject over the course of the past two years.

Despite the split numbers for outright legalization, 80% of respondents approved of doctor-recommended medical marijuana for severe illnesses.



4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    said on May 31, 2012

    no1 wants it legal because they will be loosing money.

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    dallas said on May 31, 2012

    Appears Californians are behind the national curve for legalization.

    Pretty surprising.

    That said, Bay Area has always been more intellectual and progressive thinking than the rest of the state. Seems it's more proof of that.

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    Elvers said on Jun 1, 2012

    the bay area and diego were always ahead of the game back in the 60's &70.s. people don't realize that pot smoking isn't that bad for ya, the rest of the state sucks.!!the fact is it's better than booze ever thought of don't wake up throughing up allover the place and being dizzy as hell that's crazy.!!and the drunken fool's call us druggies? look who's calling the kettle black!!!!.

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    StonyTony said on Jun 1, 2012

    bummer. o well I'm sure things will change soon

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