March 10, 2009 - Connecticut's Dodd Tied With Simmons, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Loosen Pot Laws And Sell Liquor On Sunday

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In an early look at the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Connecticut, Democratic incumbent Christopher Dodd gets just 42 percent to 43 percent for former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Dodd leads State Sen. Sam Caligiuri 47 - 34 percent and tops CNBC-TV host Larry Kudlow 46 - 34 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

In the Dodd-Simmons matchup, Democrats back Dodd 74 - 15 percent while Simmons leads 80 - 10 percent among Republicans and 49 - 32 percent among independent voters.

Connecticut voters approve 49 - 44 percent of the job Dodd is doing, compared to a negative 41 - 48 percent approval rating February 10. Dodd gets a split 46 - 45 percent favorability.

For Simmons, 53 percent do not know enough to form an opinion. Caligiuri and Kudlow are even more unknown, at 88 and 87 percent.

"These numbers have to worry Sen. Christopher Dodd. Former Congressman Simmons is not well known outside his district, yet he is running neck and neck with Dodd at this point," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Simmons easily wins his former district. The good news for Dodd is that this is the first poll in a long time where Dodd's job approval hasn't dropped. It appears that Dodd's slide may have ended."

"Recently, there has been talk that CNBC host Larry Kudlow is considering running against Dodd."

"While regular CNBC watchers are familiar with Larry Kudlow, Connecticut voters don't know much about him," Dr. Schwartz added. "Only about 1 in 10 voters know enough about him to offer an opinion. State Sen. Sam Caligiuri has similarly low recognition numbers."

Connecticut voters give Gov. Jodi Rell a 75 - 19 percent approval rating. The 69 - 23 percent Democratic approval for the Republican Governor is higher than the overall approval rating for any governor in any state polled by Quinnipiac University so far this year. Voters also approve 61 - 28 percent of the way Gov. Rell is handling the state budget.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal does even better, with an 81 - 10 percent approval rating, including 73 - 17 percent among Republicans.

Connecticut liquor stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday, voters say 54 - 44 percent. There is a substantial gender gap on this issue: Men support Sunday sales 62 - 37 percent while women split with 50 percent opposed and 48 percent supporting the measure.

Voters oppose 58 - 39 percent allowing the sale of wine and hard liquor in grocery stores. Here, men and women are in agreement.

Decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, where low-level users face a fine similar to a traffic ticket rather than a criminal charge, is a good idea, Connecticut voters say 58 - 37 percent. Republicans oppose a reduction in marijuana penalties 51 - 44 percent. Decriminalization wins 68 - 30 percent among Democrats and 58 - 35 percent among independent voters. Voters in every age group, even those over 65, approve.

"Although Connecticut is known as the land of steady habits, Nutmeggers appear willing, to change the law so that Connecticut package stores can sell alcohol on Sunday," Schwartz said.

Connecticut does not need a tax increase to balance the budget, voters say 63 - 32 percent. Democrats say no new taxes 51 - 43 percent, joining Republicans at 79 - 19 percent and independent voters at 66 - 28 percent.

Voters oppose tolls on state highways 61 - 35 percent. Opposition crosses all party lines and ranges from 50 - 45 percent opposed in Litchfield County to 73 - 23 percent opposed in Fairfield County.

From March 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,238 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

1. If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were - Chris Dodd the Democrat, Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 42%    10%    74%    32%    39%    45%
Simmons              43     80     15     49     47     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      3      1      2      1
DK/NA                12      9      8     16     10     14
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 39%    43%    47%    51%    31%
Simmons              42     44     40     36     55
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      2      -      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      4      -      2
DK/NA                15     12      6     13      9
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 44%    34%    50%    40%    45%
Simmons              44     54     35     39     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      2      -      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      3      1
DK/NA                11      9     14     16     12
 
 
2. If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were - Chris Dodd the Democrat, Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 47%    14%    76%    39%    45%    48%
Caligiuri            34     75      9     34     37     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      3      1      2      2
DK/NA                16     10     10     23     13     18
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 44%    49%    51%    52%    36%
Caligiuri            35     31     41     31     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      1      2
DK/NA                16     15      5     16     19
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 50%    41%    50%    44%    48%
Caligiuri            30     36     31     34     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      4      1      4      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      2      1      3      1
DK/NA                15     17     17     16     12
 
 
3. If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were - Chris Dodd the Democrat and Larry Kudlow the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 46%    14%    76%    38%    45%    48%
Kudlow               34     73      8     36     37     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      4      2      3      2
DK/NA                16     12     10     22     13     18
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 39%    50%    51%    54%    36%
Kudlow               39     30     37     27     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      3      1      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      4      1      2
DK/NA                17     15      5     17     17
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Dodd                 51%    41%    52%    39%    48%
Kudlow               29     37     28     39     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      4      1      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      4      2
DK/NA                15     16     18     16     13
 
 
4. Is your opinion of -- Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            46%    22%    68%    39%    45%    47%
Unfavorable          45     69     24     50     50     40
Hvn't hrd enough      7      8      6      6      4     10
REFUSED               3      1      1      5      1      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            42%    46%    39%    54%    40%
Unfavorable          49     45     46     37     51
Hvn't hrd enough      6      6     14      6      7
REFUSED               2      3      1      3      2
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Favorable            45%    41%    55%    43%    45%
Unfavorable          44     50     37     48     45
Hvn't hrd enough      7      8      5      7      7
REFUSED               3      2      3      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 10  May 10  Feb 19
                     2009    2007    2007
 
Favorable            46      45      49
Unfavorable          45      31      30
Hvn't hrd enough      7      22      18
REFUSED               3       2       3
 
 
5. Is your opinion of -- Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            36%    50%    22%    41%    38%    34%
Unfavorable          10      4     15      8     11      8
Hvn't hrd enough     53     45     62     49     49     56
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            17%    41%    32%    34%    60%
Unfavorable           2     14      5     11     13
Hvn't hrd enough     80     43     62     54     26
REFUSED               1      2      -      2      1
 
                     CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...........
                     First  Second Third  Fourth Fifth
 
Favorable            41%    55%    34%    13%    29%
Unfavorable          14     13      7      1     10
Hvn't hrd enough     41     30     59     86     59
REFUSED               3      1      -      1      2
 
 
6. Is your opinion of -- Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             9%    21%     4%     8%    12%     7%
Unfavorable           3      1      3      3      3      2
Hvn't hrd enough     88     78     93     89     85     90
REFUSED               1      -      -      1      -      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable             6%    11%     6%    13%     5%
Unfavorable           2      3      3      3      2
Hvn't hrd enough     91     84     91     85     93
REFUSED               -      1      -      -      -
 
 
7. Is your opinion of -- Larry Kudlow favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             8%    18%     3%     8%    11%     6%
Unfavorable           4      -      5      5      5      3
Hvn't hrd enough     87     81     92     87     84     90
REFUSED               -      1      -      -      -      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            13%     6%     7%     9%     4%
Unfavorable           5      4      7      3      1
Hvn't hrd enough     80     90     85     88     95
REFUSED               1      -      -      -      0
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              75%    81%    69%    79%    73%    77%
Disapprove           19     15     23     16     22     15
DK/NA                 6      4      8      5      5      7
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              85%    72%    69%    75%    68%
Disapprove           10     21     28     19     24
DK/NA                 5      6      4      6      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Jan 13  Jul 1
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2005    2008
 
Approve              75      75      68      65      76      83      65
Disapprove           19      19      20      23      13       3      23
DK/NA                 6       6      12      12      10      14      12
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              46%    68%    32%    49%    47%    45%
Disapprove           46     24     61     43     46     45
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8      7      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              53%    49%    48%    41%    39%
Disapprove           42     41     45     51     52
DK/NA                 5     10      6      8      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2000    2008
 
Approve              46      45      38      45      52      80      38
Disapprove           46      48      54      43      35      14      54
DK/NA                 8       7       8      13      13       6       8
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              49%    25%    72%    41%    46%    51%
Disapprove           44     67     22     52     50     40
DK/NA                 7      8      6      7      4      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              48%    47%    52%    58%    36%
Disapprove           48     44     44     36     55
DK/NA                 5      9      4      6      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Apr 19  Feb 10
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2001    2009
 
Approve              49      41      47      51      51      71      41
Disapprove           44      48      41      34      28      16      48
DK/NA                 7      11      12      16      21      13      11
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as Senate Banking Committee Chairman?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              32%    13%    50%    27%    35%    29%
Disapprove           50     72     30     57     55     46
DK/NA                18     16     20     16      9     25
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              28%    29%    34%    41%    28%
Disapprove           51     51     47     46     57
DK/NA                21     20     19     13     15
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              81%    73%    85%    83%    81%    82%
Disapprove           10     17      6      8     11      8
DK/NA                 9     10      9      9      8     10
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              78%    79%    82%    88%    78%
Disapprove           10     10     10      7     13
DK/NA                11     11      8      5      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Jul 27  Apr 6   Nov 23  Mar 10  Nov 23
                     2009    2009    2005    2005    2004    2009    2004
 
Approve              81      79      73      76      71      81      71
Disapprove           10      12      14      15      15      10      15
DK/NA                 9       9      13       9      13       9      13
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Susan Bysiewicz is handling her job as Secretary of the State?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              64%    53%    74%    61%    61%    66%
Disapprove            9     16      2      9     12      6
DK/NA                28     31     24     30     27     28
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              46%    73%    68%    74%    58%
Disapprove            8     10     11      6     10
DK/NA                46     17     21     20     32
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Susan Bysiewicz is handling her job as Secretary of the State?
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Apr 6  Nov 23
                     2009    2009    2005   2004
 
Approve              64      59      51     53
Disapprove            9      10       9      7
DK/NA                28      31      40     40
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              67%    30%    94%    62%    63%    69%
Disapprove           23     56      2     24     26     20
DK/NA                10     14      4     13     11     10
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              58%    68%    65%    75%    61%
Disapprove           33     20     28     14     28
DK/NA                 9     12      6     11     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              67      69
Disapprove           23      18
DK/NA                10      13
 
 
15. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     5%     2%     2%     4%
Smwht satisfied      39     35     45     36     35     42
Smwht dissatisfied   36     40     32     38     39     33
Very dissatisfied    21     23     18     23     23     20
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      1      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     2%     6%     1%
Smwht satisfied      43     37     42     38     35
Smwht dissatisfied   38     38     31     35     32
Very dissatisfied    14     21     22     21     31
DK/NA                 3      1      2      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT..
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Oct 21  Mar 13
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    1998    2003
 
Very Satisfied        3       4       2       4       6      21       4
Smwht Satisfied      39      37      41      37      48      62      32
Smwht Dissatisfied   36      38      35      35      30      14      34
Very Dissatisfied    21      21      20      24      14       3      29
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       -       1
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              68%    70%    65%    71%    66%    70%
Disapprove           24     22     27     23     28     21
DK/NA                 8      7      8      6      6      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              74%    68%    62%    73%    56%
Disapprove           17     26     35     20     34
DK/NA                 9      6      4      7     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling the economy?
                     Mar 10  Feb 10
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              68      67
Disapprove           24      23
DK/NA                 8      10
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              62%    21%    93%    58%    57%    66%
Disapprove           27     65      3     28     31     24
DK/NA                11     14      4     14     12     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              62      63
Disapprove           27      21
DK/NA                11      16
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling the budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              61%    64%    58%    61%    62%    60%
Disapprove           28     26     33     25     30     26
DK/NA                11      9     10     13      8     14
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              66%    58%    58%    65%    51%
Disapprove           20     29     34     27     38
DK/NA                14     13      8      8     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Governor Rell is handling the state budget?
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Apr 6   Feb 18
                     2009    2009    2005    2005
 
Approve              61      66      54      51
Disapprove           28      22      20      29
DK/NA                11      13      26      20
 
 
19. How serious do you think Connecticut's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very serious         61%    57%    61%    63%    62%    60%
Smwht serious        34     38     34     32     32     35
Not too serious       3      2      3      2      3      2
Not at all serious    -      1      -      -      1      -
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      3
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very serious         57%    58%    68%    60%    70%
Smwht serious        33     38     26     35     30
Not too serious       3      3      4      3      -
Not at all serious    -      -      1      1      -
DK/NA                 7      1      -      1      1
 
TREND: How serious do you think Connecticut's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Mar 10  Feb 10  Mar 13
                     2009    2009    2003
 
Very serious         61      58      60
Smwht serious        34      36      35
Not too serious       3       3       4
Not at all serious    -       -       -
DK/NA                 2       2       1
 
 
20. How likely do you think it is that the state will pass a new state budget by the legislature's last day of the session on June 3rd? Very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very likely          18%    15%    18%    17%    18%    17%
Smwht likely         49     53     50     46     45     52
Not too likely       21     21     21     22     20     21
Not likely at all     8      7      6     10     10      6
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      6      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very likely          24%    14%    17%    18%    14%
Smwht likely         53     45     56     52     42
Not too likely       15     24     20     18     28
Not likely at all     4     11      7      7     11
DK/NA                 4      6      -      6      5
 
 
21. Do you think an increase in taxes is necessary to balance the budget or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  32%    19%    43%    28%    36%    28%
No                   63     79     51     66     59     66
DK/NA                 5      2      6      5      5      6
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  25%    33%    32%    39%    27%
No                   68     61     61     59     67
DK/NA                 7      6      7      3      6
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              35%    34%    38%    33%    33%    37%
Oppose               61     63     58     64     64     59
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      3      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Support              23%    38%    45%    44%    31%
Oppose               73     57     50     54     67
DK/NA                 3      5      5      2      3
 
 
23. Currently, Connecticut liquor stores are not allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday. Do you think Connecticut liquor stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  54%    51%    58%    53%    62%    48%
No                   44     47     41     45     37     50
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  72%    61%    60%    33%    49%    65%
No                   28     39     39     65     50     33
DK/NA                 -      1      2      3      1      2
 
 
24. As you may know Connecticut grocery stores, are not allowed to sell wine or hard liquor. Do you think Connecticut grocery stores should be allowed to sell wine and hard liquor or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  39%    35%    43%    39%    41%    37%
No                   58     63     55     58     55     61
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  49%    44%    42%    26%    32%    52%
No                   50     55     54     70     65     45
DK/NA                 1      1      4      4      2      3
 
 
25. There is a proposal in the state legislature that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Low-level marijuana users would be punished with a fine, instead of a criminal charge. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Good idea            58%    44%    68%    58%    64%    54%
Bad idea             37     51     30     35     32     40
DK/NA                 5      5      2      7      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+  Degree Degree
 
Good idea            60%    57%    68%    52%    58%    59%
Bad idea             40     41     28     37     36     37
DK/NA                 -      2      4     11      6      3