April 28, 2014 - Colorado Voters Feel Good About Legalized Marijuana, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Same-Sex Marriage Almost 2-1
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Legalizing marijuana has been good for Colorado, voters in the state say 52 - 38 percent, but 52 percent of voters are less likely to vote for a candidate for office who smokes marijuana two or three days a week, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Only 3 percent are more likely to vote for a marijuana-smoking candidate, while 43 percent say it would not affect their vote, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Legalized marijuana has been bad for the state, Republicans say 63 - 28 percent and voters over 65 years old say 62 - 28 percent. All other listed groups say it's good for the state.

Voters overall have a positive view of the Colorado marijuana experiment:
  • Voters support the law legalizing marijuana 54 - 43 percent;
  • 49 percent of voters admit they've tried marijuana, but only 15 percent admit using it since it became legal January 1;
  • Driving has not become more dangerous because of legalized marijuana, voters say 54 - 39 percent;
  • Legalized marijuana will save the state and taxpayers a significant amount of money, voters say 53 - 41 percent;
  • Legalized marijuana will have a positive impact on the state's criminal justice system, voters say 50 - 40 percent;
  • Legalized marijuana "increases personal freedoms in a positive way," voters say 53 - 44 percent;
  • Legalized marijuana has not "eroded the moral fiber" of people in Colorado, voters say 67 - 30 percent.
"Colorado voters are generally good to go on grass, across the spectrum, from personal freedom to its taxpayer benefits to its positive impact on the criminal justice system," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"But if you are a politician, think twice before smokin' them if you got 'em," Malloy added.

A total of 38 percent of Colorado voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that a friend or family member has been over-using marijuana, while 58 percent are "not so concerned" or "not concerned at all."

Only 21 percent of voters think legalized marijuana will reduce racially biased arrests in Colorado. Same-Sex Marriage

By a 61 - 33 percent margin, Colorado voters support allowing same-sex couples to get married in the state. Support is 55 - 38 percent among men and 66 - 28 percent among women, 85 - 12 percent among Democrats and 63 - 30 percent among independent voters. Republicans are opposed 58 - 34 percent.

Support is 81 - 12 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old, 65 - 30 percent among voters 30 to 49 years old and 54 - 38 percent among voters 50 to 64 years old. Among voters over 65, 44 percent support same-sex marriage and 48 percent are opposed.

From April 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,298 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

45. As you may know, voters in Colorado passed a law legalizing marijuana for recreational use last year. Do you support or oppose this law?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              54%    29%    72%    56%    53%    55%    66%    60%    53%    32%
Oppose               43     67     26     40     42     43     32     38     42     64
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      4      2      2      2      5      4
 
TREND: As you may know, voters in Colorado passed a law legalizing marijuana for recreational use last year. Do you support or oppose this law?
                     Apr 28  Feb 10  Aug 22
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Support              54      58      54
Oppose               43      39      41
DK/NA                 3       4       5
 
 
46. Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  49%    32%    57%    54%    54%    45%    52%    52%    58%    29%
No                   50     67     42     45     45     54     47     46     40     71
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
TREND: Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?
                     Apr 28  Feb 10  Aug 22
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Yes                  49      51      51
No                   50      47      47
DK/NA                 1       2       2
 
 
47. Have you used marijuana after recreational sales began in Colorado on January 1st?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  15%     6%    18%    18%    18%    13%    31%    16%    12%     6%
No                   84     94     80     82     81     86     68     83     87     93
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Have you used marijuana after recreational sales began in Colorado on January 1st?
                     Apr 28  Feb 10
                     2014    2014
 
Yes                  15      10
No                   84      89
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
48. Do you believe legalizing marijuana has been good or bad for the state?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good                 52%    28%    69%    56%    51%    54%    69%    57%    52%    28%
Bad                  38     63     19     36     39     37     28     32     37     62
DK/NA                10      9     12      8     11      9      3     11     11     11
 
 
49. Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for elective office who smokes marijuana 2 or 3 days a week, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More likely           3%     2%     4%     3%     2%     4%     8%     3%     1%     3%
Less likely          52     74     37     49     51     53     41     49     53     68
No difference        43     21     57     45     45     41     50     47     43     26
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3      2      1      2      3      4
 
 
50. How concerned are you that a friend or family member has been over-using marijuana; very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very concerned       23%    32%    20%    19%    21%    25%    17%    21%    22%    35%
Somewhat concerned   15     15     12     19     18     12     22     15     15     14
Not so concerned     13      9     14     16     15     11     13     15     12      8
Not concerned at all 45     41     49     43     43     48     46     48     47     39
DK/NA                 3      3      5      3      3      4      2      2      4      5
 
 
51. Do you believe driving has become more dangerous because of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  39%    59%    30%    36%    38%    41%    29%    34%    39%    60%
No                   54     33     64     56     58     50     66     62     53     28
DK/NA                 7      8      6      8      5      9      5      4      8     11
 
 
52. Do you think Colorado's new marijuana law will save the state and taxpayers a significant amount of money, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  53%    33%    66%    55%    52%    53%    71%    53%    50%    37%
No                   41     61     27     38     42     39     27     40     42     53
DK/NA                 7      6      7      6      6      8      3      7      7     11
 
 
53. Do you think that Colorado's new marijuana law will have a positive or a negative impact on the criminal justice system in Colorado?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Positive             50%    25%    65%    53%    54%    46%    64%    55%    47%    28%
Negative             40     63     24     38     36     43     31     36     41     55
DK/NA                11     12     11      9     10     11      5      9     13     17
 
 
54. Do you think Colorado's new marijuana law will reduce racially biased arrests in Colorado, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  21%    13%    28%    23%    23%    19%    28%    23%    19%    15%
No                   68     78     62     66     66     71     65     68     72     70
DK/NA                10      9     10     11     11     10      8      9      9     16
 
 
55. Do you feel the new marijuana law increases personal freedoms in a positive way in Colorado, or don't you feel that way?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  53%    29%    67%    56%    54%    52%    66%    59%    52%    30%
No                   44     68     30     40     43     45     31     39     46     64
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      4      2      2      6
 
 
56. Do you feel that legalized marijuana has 'eroded the moral fiber' of people in Colorado, or don't you feel that way?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  30%    54%    13%    28%    29%    31%    23%    26%    29%    47%
No                   67     44     84     70     68     66     75     73     68     47
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      2      3      2      1      3      7
 
 
57. Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to get married in Colorado?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              61%    34%    85%    63%    55%    66%    81%    65%    54%    44%
Oppose               33     58     12     30     38     28     12     30     38     48
DK/NA                 7      8      3      7      7      6      8      4      8      8
 
 
 
 

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