March 17, 2014 - Iowa Voters Support Medical Marijuana Almost 5-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Minimum Wage Hike Tops 2-1
PDF format

Iowa voters support 81 - 17 percent allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical use, with support of 68 percent or more from every party, gender and age group, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters oppose 55 - 41 percent allowing marijuana for personal use, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Democrats support personal marijuana use 54 - 44 percent and voters 18 to 29 years old support it 62 - 35 percent. All other groups are opposed, with men opposed 51 - 45 percent and women opposed 59 - 37 percent.

Only 36 percent of Iowa voters, including 42 percent of voters 18 to 29 years old, say they ever have tried marijuana.

Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 49 percent of voters say, while 16 percent say it is more dangerous and 31 percent say it is less dangerous. Voters are divided 46 - 46 percent on whether marijuana use leads to other drugs. Men say no 50 - 42 percent while women believe 51 - 42 percent it does lead to other drugs.

"Iowans overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, but most voters oppose legalizing personal recreational use," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we've surveyed so far on this subject. Support for medical marijuana is comparable to other states.

"A total of 83 percent of voters would be somewhat uncomfortable or very uncomfortable riding in a car driven by someone who has smoked marijuana."

If personal marijuana use were legal in Iowa, 57 percent of voters say it would not bother them if a neighbor grew marijuana in their home.

Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana has been bad for the state's national image, Iowa voters say 54 - 28 percent. Minimum Wage

Iowa voters support 66 - 29 percent raising the state's $7.25 per hour minimum wage. Republicans are opposed 51 - 40 percent, the only party, age or gender group to oppose the idea.

Offered four choices:
  • 34 percent of voters say raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour;
  • 20 percent say increase it to something less than $10.10 per hour;
  • 11 percent say increase it to something more than $10.10 per hour;
  • 29 percent oppose any increase.
Raising the minimum wage will help, rather than hurt, the state economy, voters say 46 - 31 percent, while 17 percent say it will have no effect.

"Raising the minimum wage is a popular idea in Iowa. One-third of voters think $10.10 per hour is about right, with more preferring it lower instead of higher than $10.10," Brown said.

From March 5 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,411 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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, Colorado, Iowa 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.

40. Would you support or oppose raising Iowa's minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              66%    40%    91%    67%    60%    71%    64%    62%    67%    73%
Oppose               29     51      7     29     35     24     30     35     31     19
DK/NA                 5      9      3      4      4      5      7      3      2      8
 
 
41. (If support q40) Do you think that Iowa's minimum wage should be $10.10 an hour, should be less than $10.10 an hour, or should be more than $10.10 an hour?
                     SUPPORTS INCREASE Q40.............................................
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29* 30-49  50-64  65+
 
Exactly $10.10       52%    40%    59%    51%    49%    54%    46%    48%    53%    59%
Less than $10.10     30     51     18     33     31     28     39     30     30     22
More than $10.10     17      6     23     14     18     17     13     21     17     16
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      1      2      2      -      1      3
 
 
41a. (COMBINED Q40 & Q41) Would you support or oppose raising Iowa's minimum wage, which is now $7.25 an hour? IF SUPPORT: Do you think that Iowa's minimum wage should be $10.10 an hour, should be less than $10.10 an hour, or should be more than $10.10 an hour?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Increase to $10.10   34%    16%    53%    34%    30%    38%    29%    30%    35%    43%
Increase < $10.10    20     21     16     22     19     20     25     19     20     16
Increase > $10.10    11      2     21     10     11     12      8     13     11     12
Oppose increase      29     51      7     29     35     24     30     35     31     19
DK/NA                 6     10      3      5      5      6      8      4      3     10
 
 
42. Do you think an increase in Iowa's minimum wage would help the state's economy, hurt the state's economy, or wouldn't affect the state's economy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Help                 46%    23%    68%    45%    39%    52%    50%    43%    43%    49%
Hurt                 31     51      9     32     35     27     33     33     33     23
Wouldn't affect      17     18     17     18     22     13     11     18     20     19
DK/NA                 6      8      6      5      4      8      6      5      4     10
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Iowa 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              41%    21%    54%    45%    45%    37%    62%    44%    39%    21%
Oppose               55     76     44     51     51     59     35     50     58     74
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      4      4      3      5      3      5
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Iowa 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              81%    68%    89%    82%    79%    82%    82%    79%    83%    79%
Oppose               17     29     10     15     19     16     18     19     15     17
DK/NA                 2      3      -      2      2      2      -      2      2      4
 
 
45. 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                 28%    11%    41%    31%    33%    24%    41%    33%    28%    13%
Bad                  54     79     40     51     51     58     40     52     56     68
DK/NA                17     10     19     19     16     18     19     15     16     19
 
 
46. 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                  36%    24%    41%    40%    43%    30%    42%    41%    44%    16%
No                   63     75     58     59     56     69     56     58     55     83
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
47. 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                 16%    27%    13%    13%    16%    16%     9%    14%    18%    21%
Less                 31     18     39     32     36     27     54     36     28     10
Equally              49     53     43     51     44     53     35     47     51     61
NEITHR DANGEROUS(VOL) -      -      1      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      4      4      2      3      3      8
 
 
48. 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                  46%    62%    37%    43%    42%    51%    38%    39%    45%    64%
No                   46     31     57     48     50     42     56     54     46     25
DK/NA                 8      7      5      9      8      8      5      7      9     11
 
 
49. In Colorado where marijuana is legal for recreational use, people are allowed to grow the plants in their homes. If marijuana is legalized in Iowa, would it bother you if one of your neighbors is growing marijuana in their home or wouldn't that bother you?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  42%    62%    35%    35%    35%    48%    31%    39%    38%    58%
No                   57     36     64     63     64     50     68     59     61     39
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      1      2      1      1      1      3
 
 
50. 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      6%     2%     8%     7%     6%     6%    11%     8%     5%     2%
Smwht comfortable     9      5     11     10     12      6     17      8      9      4
Smwht uncomfortable  19     16     19     22     23     16     19     20     19     18
Very uncomfortable   64     75     59     60     56     71     51     61     67     74
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      3      2      2      4      1      2
 
 

Demographic Summary

Additional Crosstabs