February 24, 2014 - Ohio Voters Back Medical Marijuana 8-1 Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Same-Sex Marriage Hits 50 Percent
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By an 87 - 11 percent margin, Ohio voters support the use of medical marijuana, with support of 78 percent or higher from every group measured in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Ohio voters also support 51 - 44 percent allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. There is a gender gap as men support personal marijuana use 59 - 37 percent, while women are opposed 51 - 44 percent. Voters 18 to 29 years old support personal marijuana use 72 - 25 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 65 - 31 percent.

Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 47 percent of voters say, while 14 percent say marijuana is more dangerous and 36 percent say less dangerous.

And use of marijuana does not lead to use of other drugs, voters say 51 - 43 percent.

Still, 55 percent of Ohio voters, including 54 percent of voters under 30 years old, say they have not tried marijuana.

"Ohioans' views of marijuana are complicated. Twice as many voters think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, and about half the state's voters think the two are equally harmful," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Ohioans narrowly favor legalizing pot for personal use, with women opposed while men support the idea. Almost nine in 10 in both genders think marijuana should be legal for medical uses. No one should be surprised that support for legalization is strongest among younger voters."

Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is bad for the state's image nationwide, Ohio voters say 45 - 37 percent.

A total of 76 percent of Ohio voters say they would be "somewhat uncomfortable" or "very uncomfortable" riding in a car driven by someone who had smoked or consumed a moderate amount of marijuana.

Same Sex Marriage, Abortion

With significant gender, age and partisan divisions, Ohio voters support same sex marriage 50 - 44 percent. Support is 67 - 29 percent among Democrats and 53 - 41 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 66 - 29 percent. Women support same sex marriage 55 - 40 percent, while men are divided with 46 percent supporting and 48 percent opposed to same sex marriage.

Voters 18 to 29 years old support same sex marriage 71 - 28 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 59 - 33 percent.

"Given that younger voters support same sex marriage almost 3-1, it would seem to be just a matter of time," Brown said.

Offered four choices on abortion:
  • 19 percent of voters say abortion should be legal in all cases;
  • 34 percent say it should be legal in most cases;
  • 27 percent say it should be illegal in most cases;
  • 14 percent say it should be illegal in all cases.
Ohio voters give Gov. John Kasich a negative 26 - 34 percent score for his handling of the abortion issue. Women give the governor an 18 - 37 percent negative score. Men are divided as 34 percent approve and 32 percent disapprove.

From February 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,370 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.

32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling the issue of abortion?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              26%    40%    14%    25%    34%    18%    18%    26%    28%    28%
Disapprove           34     14     53     34     32     37     36     36     35     31
DK/NA                40     45     33     41     34     45     46     38     37     41
 
 
38. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal all cases      19%     8%    28%    16%    15%    22%    23%    20%    18%    15%
Legal most cases     34     26     40     37     37     31     38     32     38     29
Illegal most cases   27     38     15     30     29     24     25     30     24     26
Illegal all cases    14     22     10     11     12     15     12     12     12     20
DK/NA                 7      5      7      7      6      7      2      5      8     10
 
TREND: Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                     Feb 24  Jan 19
                     2014    2012
 
Legal all cases      19      17
Legal most cases     34      33
Illegal most cases   27      28
Illegal all cases    14      16
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
39. Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to get married in Ohio?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              50%    29%    67%    53%    46%    55%    71%    52%    51%    33%
Oppose               44     66     29     41     48     40     28     44     41     59
DK/NA                 5      5      5      6      6      5      1      4      8      7
 
 
42. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Ohio 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              51%    33%    56%    61%    59%    44%    72%    53%    53%    31%
Oppose               44     63     38     35     37     51     25     42     43     65
DK/NA                 4      4      6      3      4      5      3      5      4      4
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Ohio 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              87%    78%    92%    91%    87%    87%    93%    91%    86%    79%
Oppose               11     20      7      8     11     11      6      7     12     19
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      2      1      2      2      2
 
 
44. Do you think the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has been good or bad for Colorado's national image?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good                 37%    20%    45%    41%    41%    33%    57%    40%    37%    17%
Bad                  45     66     37     39     43     48     30     41     46     61
DK/NA                18     14     18     20     17     19     12     19     17     22
 
 
45. 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                  44%    37%    43%    49%    53%    35%    46%    51%    53%    19%
No                   55     63     56     48     45     64     54     47     45     80
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      2      1      -      2      2      1
 
 
46. Do you think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, less dangerous than alcohol, or about equally as dangerous as alcohol?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More                 14%    26%    10%    10%    15%    13%     6%    11%    12%    28%
Less                 36     23     42     40     40     33     64     40     33     15
Equally              47     49     45     49     43     52     31     48     51     54
NEITHR DANGEROUS(VOL) -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      2      2      -      1      3      4
 
 
47. Do you think that for most people, the use of marijuana leads to the use of other drugs, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  43%    59%    36%    37%    37%    48%    27%    40%    37%    65%
No                   51     35     56     57     58     45     71     54     56     27
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6      5      8      2      6      7      8
 
 
48. How comfortable would you be as a passenger in a car, with a driver who has smoked or consumed moderate amounts of marijuana; very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable, or very uncomfortable?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very comfortable      7%     6%    11%     5%     8%     7%    14%     8%     7%     2%
Smwht comfortable    14      8     17     15     16     13     25     14     16      4
Smwht uncomfortable  20     16     22     21     23     18     21     25     19     14
Very uncomfortable   56     68     48     57     52     60     38     52     56     76
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      3      1      2      3
 
 

Demographic Summary