Recreational Marijuana Polling Well in California

Support for recreational marijuana is growing in California as advocates attempt to get a legalization bill on the 2016 ballot.

A new study from the Public Policy Institute of California found record-high support for recreational cannabis legalization in the state, with 53% of respondents saying they support repealing prohibition. Support from likely voters is even higher, coming in at 55%.

In 2010, a measure to legalize recreational marijuana came up just short, garnering 47% of the vote.

Among other encouraging findings from the poll:

  • For the first time, a majority (52%) of those 55 and older support legalization, an increase of 10 percentage points since 2010.
  • Support for legalization among younger voters has increased as well, from 56% five years ago to 61% today.
  • Bay area residents’ support has also grown, hitting 64% vs. 56% in 2010.
  • GOP backing for legalization has exploded by 10 percentage points since 2010, coming in at 44% (among Democrats, support is at 63%, and for independents it’s at 57%).

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3 comments on “Recreational Marijuana Polling Well in California
  1. Jahpharmer on

    All that support, well and good as it may be, can all be undermined if local authorities, boards of supervisors and city councils, don’t have their ability to pass ordinances that effectively reverse what the will of the people throughout California vote for come 2016.
    Many “old school” politicians, and close-minded, “ultra” conservatives readily will let their towns and counties continue to whither and die rather than see the new economies developing through local acceptance of cannabis come into their area…NIMBY’s on steroids.

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