Poll: 49 percent of Californians favor legalizing pot

May 20, 2010

The issue of whether to legalize marijuana has Californians about evenly split, underscoring the uphill challenge supporters face in the November election. [Los Angeles Times]

The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California issued a new poll this week indicating that 49 percent think pot should be made legal, 48 percent do not, and 3 percent don’t know. Given such firm beliefs already in place, experts believe that supporters need to launch an expensive and persuasive campaign.

Mark Baldassare, the institute’s pollster said, “It’s always hard to start out when you’re not even at 50 percent.”

In addition, the new poll suggests that men favor legalization, while women oppose it. Whites are supportive; Latinos oppose it. Voters 54 years and younger support legalization; older voters oppose the idea. Support for legalization also increases with income and education.


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7 Comments

  1. cheseburger says:

    “49 percent of Californians favor legalizing pot”, remember homeland security and loss of personal rights, this 49% of people polled are only the one’s who would admit that they are in favor of something that is currently illegal. When most get in the polling place where no one is watching, (big BROTHER), you might just see that percentage take a giant leap towards saving this hit rock bottom, BROKE, misguided country, and compared to the damage a couple of left/right untrimmed bushes did to this country, it’s time we let the weeds grow and get the hell out of the worst fiscal crises the good old US of A has ever been in. What do you say poor old uneducated guy’s like me, give it a chance, take a shot of old Irish whiskey and have some one drive you to the polls to vote yes, for the suffering and YES for are national dept, we do have the best climate, export to the world, hemp products, and medicine, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
    GO VOTE YES, GO VOTE YES, GO VOTE YES, P.S. KNOW ONE WILL KNOW WHICH WAY YOU VOTED AND DON’T TELL A SOUL. SIMPLE AS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. monkscrew says:

    We don’t have to mount an “expensive” campaign. Just be sure to show up and vote. It seems like a simple solution. Everyone who believes legalization is long overdue needs to vote and encourage all their “like-minded” friends to do the same. If everyone stops smoking long enough to get off the couch and make it to the polling place we can fix this once and for all despite what the old and uneducated think or feel.

    Cheers!

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    • Cindy says:

      My vote’s in the bag and X2@monkscrew.
      This is a no brainer, VOTE

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  3. ThomasPaine says:

    Way past time to decriminalize all drugs and start treating drug abuse as a health issue rather than a criminal one. That marijuana should be legal is a no brainer.

    (-3) 5 Total Votes - 1 up - 4 down
  4. cheseburger says:

    One more thing 49% to 48% the morons are loosing.

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  5. cheseburger says:

    “Support for legalization also increases with income and education.”,,,, Well there you have it if you are poor and uneducated, you are not smart enough to vote for the legalization of hemp for industrial use, or cannabis, to help some one suffering from chemotherapy or another debilitating disease, ask yourself deep down,”DO YOU LIKE TO WATCH PEOPLE SUFFER”, one moron I know said he was voting no, because if it were legal it wouldn’t be fun anymore.
    A good point, kids love to get into mischief and if it were legal maybe they would just pull pranks and T.P. houses like the old days.

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