May 12, 2014 - Connecticut Voters Support Recreational Marijuana, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Metal Detectors, Armed Guards In Schools
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By a slight 52 - 45 percent majority, with a wide age gap, Connecticut voters support "allowing adults...to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By a huge 90 - 9 percent margin, voters support the medical use of marijuana. Support ranges from 84 - 14 percent among voters over 65 years old to 99 - 1 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old. Voters also support 69 - 28 percent having a medical marijuana dispensary in their town or city, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

On the question of so-called recreational marijuana use, voters 18 to 29 years old support the idea 80 - 20 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 61 - 34 percent. Men back recreational marijuana 54 - 42 percent, with women divided 49 - 48 percent.

About half of Connecticut voters, 47 percent, admit trying marijuana. Some attitudes about marijuana include:
  • 61 percent of voters say alcohol is more harmful to a person's health, while 16 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 18 percent say both are harmful;
  • If marijuana were more widely available, 55 percent of voters say alcohol would be more harmful to society, while 28 percent say marijuana would be more harmful;
  • Legalizing marijuana would lead to more underage use, voters say 59 - 37 percent.
"A slight majority of Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, with huge age and party gaps. While 90 percent support the current law allowing medical marijuana, support drops to 69 percent who would want a medical marijuana dispensary in their town," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

With wide partisan and gender gaps, Connecticut voters support 56 - 38 percent the state's stricter new gun control laws. Support is 81 - 14 percent among Democrats and 54 - 40 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 69 - 25 percent. Men oppose stricter gun laws 51 - 45 percent, while women back these laws 66 - 27 percent.

By an 82 - 15 percent margin, voters support using metal detectors at school entrances. There is strong support from every group listed. By a smaller 49 - 44 percent margin, voters support armed guards in schools. Support is almost identical among men and women, but there is a large partisan gap: Republicans support armed guards 59 - 36 percent, while Democrats are opposed 51 - 43 percent. Independent voters support the idea 51 - 43 percent.

Death Penalty

Connecticut voters support the death penalty 58 - 36 percent. They are divided in their opinion of the 2012 bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole, with 47 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving. Men disapprove 57 - 40 percent while women approve 53 - 41 percent.

"Despite the botched execution in Oklahoma, we haven't seen any change in support for the death penalty in Connecticut: 58 percent still support the death penalty, but are divided when given a choice between the death penalty and life without parole," Dr. Schwartz said.

By a strong 72 - 26 percent margin, voters support increasing the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017. Support is 94 - 6 percent among Democrats and 70 - 28 percent among independent voters. Republicans are divided with 47 percent in favor and 50 percent opposed.

"Connecticut was the first state in the nation to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and nearly three quarters of voters back this increase," Dr. Schwartz said.

From May 1 - 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,668 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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

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27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling - gun policy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              44%    18%    67%    43%    39%    49%    40%    41%    48%    47%
Disapprove           45     75     21     46     54     36     50     48     44     39
DK/NA                11      7     12     11      6     15     10     11      8     14
 
                            CldntVote
                     Gun    ForCandIf
                     HsHld  DisagreeGunsQ33
 
Approve              24%    42%
Disapprove           71     50
DK/NA                 5      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling gun policy?
                     May 12  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2013
 
Approve              44      47      47      48      41
Disapprove           45      43      44      39      38
DK/NA                11      10      10      13      21
 
 
31. Do you support or oppose the stricter new gun control laws in Connecticut?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              56%    25%    81%    54%    45%    66%    54%    54%    57%    59%
Oppose               38     69     14     40     51     27     42     40     38     34
DK/NA                 5      6      5      6      3      7      4      6      4      7
 
                            CldntVote
                     Gun    ForCandIf
                     HsHld  DisagreeGunsQ33
 
Support              30%    54%
Oppose               66     43
DK/NA                 4      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the stricter new gun control laws in Connecticut?
                     May 12  Mar 06  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Support              56      57      57
Oppose               38      39      37
DK/NA                 5       4       6
 
 
31a. Do you support or oppose the stricter new gun control laws in Connecticut? COMBINED WITH: (If Support/Oppose q31) Do you support/oppose...strongly or somewhat?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support strongly     44%    14%    71%    40%    33%    55%    35%    42%    47%    48%
Support somewhat     12     11     10     13     12     11     19     12     10     11
Oppose somewhat      12     18      8     13     14     11     16     14     11     11
Oppose strongly      26     50      7     27     37     16     26     26     28     22
DK/NA                 6      6      5      6      4      8      4      7      5      8
 
                            CldntVote
                     Gun    ForCandIf
                     HsHld  DisagreeGunsQ33
 
Support strongly     17%    48%
Support somewhat     13      6
Oppose somewhat       9      7
Oppose strongly      56     35
DK/NA                 5      3
 
 
32. Do you think Connecticut's stricter new gun control laws go too far, don't go far enough, or are they about right?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Too far              35%    67%    10%    38%    49%    23%    38%    38%    38%    29%
Not far enough       27     10     43     25     22     32     20     25     28     31
About right          31     17     41     31     25     37     38     29     29     34
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      4      8      4      8      5      6
 
                            CldntVote
                     Gun    ForCandIf
                     HsHld  DisagreeGunsQ33
 
Too far              67%    37%
Not far enough        9     34
About right          21     25
DK/NA                 3      5
 
TREND: Do you think Connecticut's stricter new gun control laws go too far, don't go far enough, or are they about right?
                     May 12  Mar 06  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Too far              35      36      35
Not far enough       27      30      27
About right          31      29      32
DK/NA                 6       5       7
 
 
33. If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of gun control, could you still vote for that candidate, or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  65%    68%    61%    68%    67%    63%    64%    67%    69%    56%
No                   27     26     30     23     27     26     31     26     24     30
DK/NA                 9      6      9      9      7     10      5      7      7     14
 
 
                     Gun
                     HsHld
 
Yes                  63%
No                   29
DK/NA                 8
 
 
34. Do you support or oppose having armed guards in schools?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              49%    59%    43%    51%    50%    49%    51%    54%    48%    43%
Oppose               44     36     51     43     44     44     44     40     45     49
DK/NA                 6      5      6      7      6      7      5      5      6      8
 
                     Have          CldntVote
                     KidsIn Gun    ForCandIf
                     PubSch HsHld  DisagreeGunsQ33
 
Support              54%    59%    53%
Oppose               43     35     42
DK/NA                 3      6      5
 
 
35. Do you support or oppose using metal detectors at school entrances?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              82%    83%    83%    83%    78%    86%    72%    81%    83%    87%
Oppose               15     13     16     13     18     11     25     15     15     10
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      4      3      3      4      2      3
 
                     Have          CldntVote
                     KidsIn Gun    ForCandIf
                     PubSch HsHld  DisagreeGunsQ33
 
Support              79%    82%    83%
Oppose               17     14     15
DK/NA                 5      4      2
 
 
41. Do you support or oppose Connecticut raising the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              72%    47%    94%    70%    62%    81%    74%    76%    70%    70%
Oppose               26     50      6     28     37     17     25     22     29     28
DK/NA                 2      3      -      2      2      1      1      2      2      2
 
 
42. Do you think keno, an electronic bingo-like gambling game, should be allowed in Connecticut restaurants, bars and convenience stores or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  28%    27%    28%    28%    33%    23%    59%    37%    23%     9%
No                   67     67     67     68     62     71     34     60     72     85
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      4      5      7      3      5      7
 
TREND: Do you think keno, an electronic bingo-like gambling game, should be allowed in Connecticut restaurants, bars and convenience stores or not?
                     May 12  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 18
                     2014    2014    2013    2010
 
Yes                  28      29      35      27
No                   67      65      59      70
DK/NA                 5       6       7       3
 
 
47. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favor                58%    76%    39%    64%    65%    52%    54%    61%    58%    56%
Oppose               36     19     56     29     32     39     42     35     34     37
DK/NA                 6      5      6      7      3      9      5      5      8      7
 
TREND: Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                                                             FAVOR........
                                                             High    Low
                     May 12  Mar 06  Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 10  Mar 10  Mar 06
                     2014    2014    2013    2012    2011    2011    2014
 
Favor                58      57      59      62      67      67      57
Oppose               36      34      35      30      28      28      34
DK/NA                 6       8       6       8       5       5       8
 
 
48. As you may know, in 2012 Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Do you approve or disapprove of this law that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              47%    28%    68%    41%    40%    53%    61%    40%    46%    49%
Disapprove           49     67     28     55     57     41     37     56     49     45
DK/NA                 4      5      4      4      3      6      2      4      5      5
 
TREND: As you may know, in 2012 Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Do you approve or disapprove of this law that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole?
                     May 12  Mar 06  Mar 12
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Approve              47      47      45
Disapprove           49      47      51
DK/NA                 4       6       4
 
 
49. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Connecticut to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              52%    38%    61%    52%    54%    49%    80%    57%    50%    34%
Oppose               45     58     37     45     42     48     20     41     46     61
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      3      3      -      2      4      4
 
 
50. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Connecticut to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              90%    84%    91%    92%    90%    90%    99%    91%    90%    84%
Oppose                9     14      8      7      9      9      1      9      9     14
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      -      1      1      2
 
 
51. As you may know, the use of medical marijuana is legal in Connecticut. Would you support or oppose having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town or city you live in?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              69%    57%    75%    72%    70%    68%    86%    69%    74%    56%
Oppose               28     40     22     26     27     28     14     28     24     39
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      3      3      -      3      2      5
 
 
52. 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                  47%    40%    51%    47%    53%    42%    62%    52%    55%    26%
No                   52     60     48     51     47     56     38     47     44     74
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      -      1      1      -
 
 
53. In your view, would legalizing marijuana for recreational use lead to more underage people trying it, or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  59%    72%    52%    59%    59%    60%    49%    50%    62%    72%
No                   37     25     43     37     38     36     49     46     35     21
DK/NA                 4      3      5      4      4      4      2      4      3      7
 
 
54. Which do you think is more harmful to a person's health, alcohol or marijuana?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Alcohol              61%    45%    71%    61%    61%    60%    92%    64%    61%    41%
Marijuana            16     28      9     16     19     14      3     19     15     22
BOTH(VOL)            18     21     15     17     15     20      4     12     18     29
NEITHER(VOL)          1      1      -      1      1      1      -      -      1      1
DK/NA                 5      5      4      5      4      5      1      4      5      7
 
 
55. If marijuana were as widely available as alcohol, which do you think would be more harmful to society, alcohol or marijuana?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Alcohol              55%    39%    68%    54%    55%    55%    84%    64%    51%    37%
Marijuana            28     44     18     28     31     25     13     24     29     36
BOTH(VOL)            10     11      9     11      7     13      1      7     11     16
NEITHER(VOL)          1      1      -      1      1      1      -      1      -      1
DK/NA                 6      6      5      7      5      7      1      3      8     11
 
 

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