May 23, 2014 - Support For Marijuana Down Slightly In New York, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Would Allow Marijuana Dispensary Nearby
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New York State voters support medical marijuana 83 - 15 percent and, by a smaller margin of 51 - 44 percent, they also support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to results of a February 17 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University, which showed support for medical marijuana at 88 - 9 percent and support for so-called recreational marijuana at 57 - 39 percent.

Support for medical marijuana remains strong among all listed groups, ranging from 74 - 23 percent among Republicans to 87 - 12 percent among Democrats.

There are wide gender and age gaps on the question of recreational marijuana, with men in favor 57 - 39 percent and women opposed 50 - 45 percent. Support is 62 - 37 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old, with voters over 55 years old opposed 52 - 42 percent.

Support for recreational marijuana is 62 - 32 percent among Democrats and 53 - 42 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 69 - 28 percent.

"Medical marijuana in New York, and in every other state surveyed by Quinnipiac, is a no-brainer," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"The age gap on the question of recreational marijuana is not surprising: Young voters want it by large margins, while older voters say no. So it's just a matter of time, unless young voters grow more conservative with age.

"The gender, with men in favor and women opposed, is interesting."

New York State voters support 62 - 34 percent having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town or city where they live. There is a wide partisan gap and a smaller age and gender gap. Support is 71 - 24 percent among Democrats and 65 - 33 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 56 - 42 percent.

Men support a local dispensary 67 - 32 percent and women agree 58 - 37 percent. Support ranges from 67 - 33 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old to 58 - 37 percent among voters over 55 years old.

New York voters are divided 35 - 34 percent in their approval of the way Gov. Andrew Cuomo is handling the issue of medical marijuana policy.

Alcohol is more harmful to a person's health, 60 percent of voters say, while 15 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 18 percent say both are equally as harmful.

If marijuana becomes widely available, alcohol would be more harmful to society, 53 percent of voters say, with 26 percent seeing marijuana as more harmful and 14 percent saying both are equally harmful.

Voters say 52 - 43 percent that legalizing marijuana would lead to more underage people trying it.

From May 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,129 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, 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.

26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Andrew Cuomo is handling medical marijuana policy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    22%    45%    34%    35%    36%    40%    35%    37%
Disapprove           34     47     24     36     39     30     34     32     36
DK/NA                30     31     31     30     27     34     26     34     28
 
 
54. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in New York State to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              51%    28%    62%    53%    57%    45%    62%    59%    42%
Oppose               44     69     32     42     39     50     37     37     52
DK/NA                 5      3      5      5      4      6      1      4      6
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing adults in New York State to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                     May 23  Feb 17
                     2014    2014
 
Support              51      57
Oppose               44      39
DK/NA                 5       4
 
 
55. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in New York State to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              83%    74%    87%    85%    81%    85%    80%    87%    82%
Oppose               15     23     12     13     17     13     20     10     16
DK/NA                 2      3      1      1      2      2      -      3      2
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing adults in New York State to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                     May 23  Feb 17
                     2014    2014
 
Support              83      88
Oppose               15       9
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
56. 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    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              62%    42%    71%    65%    67%    58%    67%    67%    58%
Oppose               34     56     24     33     32     37     33     30     37
DK/NA                 3      2      5      3      1      5      -      3      5
 
57. 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    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  43%    29%    46%    47%    52%    35%    50%    48%    39%
No                   55     69     52     51     46     64     50     50     59
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      1      -      2      1
 
TREND: Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?
                     May 23  Feb 17
                     2014    2014
 
Yes                  43      46
No                   55      51
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
58. In your view, would legalizing marijuana lead to more underage people trying it, or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  52%    68%    45%    49%    51%    53%    49%    45%    58%
No                   43     28     50     46     46     41     50     50     35
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      4      7      1      5      7
 
 
59. Which do you think is more harmful to a person's health, alcohol or marijuana?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Alcohol              60%    43%    66%    62%    64%    56%    78%    65%    50%
Marijuana            15     32      8     15     15     15     14     15     17
BOTH(VOL)            18     20     17     17     16     21      7     14     24
NEITHER(VOL)          1      -      1      -      1      1      -      -      2
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      5      7      2      6      8
 
 
60. 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    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Alcohol              53%    34%    62%    54%    57%    49%    73%    58%    41%
Marijuana            26     46     18     23     27     25     17     25     31
BOTH(VOL)            14     15     13     15     12     17      8     11     17
NEITHER(VOL)          1      -      -      1      1      -      -      -      1
DK/NA                 6      5      7      7      3      9      2      5     10
 

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