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.