August 22, 2014 - Little Love For Recreational Marijuana In New York, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Opposition To Fracking Inches Up
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Only 35 percent of New York State voters want to legalize marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent want to legalize marijuana for medical use only and 19 percent say marijuana should not be legal, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

If personal use of marijuana were legal in New York, 62 percent of voters say they definitely would not use it, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

There are wide gender and age gaps on personal marijuana use, with 43 percent of men and 27 percent of women in favor. Support for personal use is 43 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old, 40 percent among voters 35 to 54 years old and 29 percent among voters over 55 years old.

Support is 21 percent among Republicans, 37 percent among Democrats and 39 percent among independent voters.

Support for medicinal use only, now legal in New York State, is 34 percent among men, 53 percent among women, 46 percent each among Republicans and Democrats and 43 percent among independent voters.

"Almost all New Yorkers favor the use of medical marijuana, but many voters want to stop there. Just under a fifth would ban it completely and 44 percent say medical marijuana only," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"How about their own preferences? Almost two-thirds of New Yorkers say they would definitely decline to puff the stuff themselves and only 4 percent say they definitely would inhale."

Past marijuana use apparently is a small issue in the New York governor's race as 4 percent of voters say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who has used marijuana in the past, while 17 percent say they would be less likely to vote for the candidate and 77 percent say past marijuana use would not affect their vote.

There is very little difference in gender or age groups.

Fracking

Opposition to drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is inching up to new highs, as 48 percent of voters are opposed because of environmental concerns while 43 percent support drilling because of economic benefits. This compares to a 44 - 45 percent split on drilling in a May 22 Quinnipiac University poll and the highest level of opposition previously measured, with 46 percent opposed and 39 percent supporting drilling, March 20, 2013.

In today's survey, upstate voters support drilling by a narrow 48 - 43 percent margin. New York City voters are opposed 55 - 35 percent and suburban voters are divided, with 47 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed to drilling.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been dragging his feet, trying to avoid a decision on drilling, 41 percent of New York State voters say, while 20 percent say he has been carefully evaluating the issue.

"New York State voters remain closely divided on the issue of natural gas drilling - or fracking - but opinion has been shifting ever so slightly against it," Carroll said.

"Voters say 2-1 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dragging his feet on making a decision."

From August 14 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,034 New York State voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 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.

52. Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Drilling             43%    71%    30%    40%    52%    35%    39%    41%    46%
No drilling          48     20     62     53     42     53     54     52     43
DK/NA                 9      9      8      6      6     12      7      7     10
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Drilling             48%    35%    47%
No drilling          43     55     45
DK/NA                 8     10      9
 
TREND: Some people say there should be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the economic benefits. Others say there should not be drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale because of the environmental impact. Which comes closer to your point of view?
                                                             DRILLING......
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  May 22  Feb 12  Nov 27  Jun 06  Aug 11  Mar 20
                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013    2011    2013
 
Drilling             43      44      41      44      46      47      39
No drilling          48      45      45      46      44      42      46
DK/NA                 9      11      14      10       9      12      14
 
 
53. Which comes closer to your point of view Governor Cuomo is carefully evaluating the issue of hydro-fracking, or Governor Cuomo is dragging his feet and trying to avoid making a decision on the issue of hydro-fracking, or don't you have an opinion on that?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Carefully evaluating 20%    12%    29%    18%    19%    21%    17%    20%    22%
Dragging his feet    41     50     30     47     49     33     32     44     42
No opinion           36     36     39     29     30     42     49     33     32
DK/NA                 3      2      3      6      2      4      2      4      3
 
                     AREA.............
                     UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Carefully evaluating 23%    19%    15%
Dragging his feet    46     31     46
No opinion           29     45     35
DK/NA                 2      4      4
 
TREND: Which comes closer to your point of view; Governor Cuomo is carefully evaluating the issue of hydro-fracking, or Governor Cuomo is dragging his feet and trying to avoid making a decision on the issue of hydro-fracking, or don't you have an opinion on that?
                                                             EVALUATING....
                                                             High    Low
                     Aug 22  May 22  Feb 12  Nov 27  Jun 06  Dec 13  Aug 22
                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    2014
 
Carefully evaluating 20      23      23      21      22      26      20
Dragging his feet    41      38      35      39      36      25      41
No opinion           36      36      37      38      38      44      36
DK/NA                 3       3       5       3       4       4       3
 
 
64. Which comes closer to your view about the use of marijuana by adults? It should be legal for personal use, it should be legal only for medicinal use, or it should not be legal?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Personal use         35%    21%    37%    39%    43%    27%    43%    40%    29%
Medicinal use only   44     46     46     43     34     53     31     41     50
Should not be legal  19     31     15     16     22     17     23     17     20
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      2      3      2      1
 
 
65. If a candidate for governor has used marijuana in the past, would you be more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
More likely           4%     2%     7%     3%     4%     5%     3%     4%     4%
Less likely          17     32     13     12     18     16     15     12     21
No difference        77     64     78     85     77     77     80     82     73
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -      1      3      2      1      2
 
 
66. If marijuana were legalized for recreational use in New York State would you definitely use it, probably use it, probably not use it, or definitely not use it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Definitely use        4%     1%     5%     5%     6%     3%    10%     4%     4%
Probably use         11      6     11     12     11     10     15     13      7
Probably not use     20     18     21     22     23     18     27     22     17
Definitely not use   62     74     61     59     56     68     43     60     70
DK/NA                 2      -      3      3      3      1      6      1      2
 
 

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