July 21, 2014 - Limit Marijuana To Home, Members-Only Clubs, Colorado Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; 50% Back Supreme Court On Contraception
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Marijuana use should be legal in members-only clubs, Colorado voters say 66 - 29 percent, but not in bars and clubs and entertainment venues, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

After six months of legal marijuana use, Colorado voters support the measure 54 - 43 percent, identical to the findings of an April 28 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University, and down slightly from the 58 - 39 percent support February 10.

Marijuana should not be legal in bars and clubs where alcohol is served, voters say 65 - 31 percent. There is a small gender gap as 34 percent of men and 27 percent of women support using marijuana in a bar, other than a members-only club.

By a similar 63 - 33 percent margin, voters say marijuana should not be legal at entertainment events where admission is charged. Looking at invitation-only entertainment events, where no admission is charged, 49 percent oppose marijuana and 46 percent say it should be legal.

Laws regulating marijuana use should be as strict as laws regulating alcohol use, 61 percent of voters say, while 29 percent say they should be stricter and 10 percent say less strict.

"Coloradans are still good to go on marijuana for recreational use in private settings, but as far as letting the good times roll in bars and clubs where alcohol is served, voters say don't smoke 'em if you've got 'em," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

Alcohol is more harmful to a person's health than marijuana, 61 percent of Colorado voters say, while 19 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 13 percent say they are equally harmful. Alcohol is more harmful to society, 59 percent of voters say, while 22 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 14 percent say they are equally harmful.

Fifty-one percent of Colorado voters say they have tried marijuana, but only 16 percent say they've tried it since it became legal January 1. Abortion

Fifty percent of Colorado voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of the contraception requirements of the Affordable Care Act, while 46 percent disagree. Men agree 59 - 38 percent, while women disagree 54 - 43 percent. Republicans agree 79 - 18 percent, while Democrats disagree 77 - 21 percent. Independent voters are divided 48 - 48 percent.

Offered four choices on abortion:
  • 29 percent of Colorado voters say abortion should be legal in all cases;
  • 35 percent say it should be legal in most cases;
  • 22 percent say it should be illegal in most cases;
  • 10 percent say it should be illegal in all cases.
"Almost two-thirds of Coloradans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Voters are divided, however, on the Supreme Court ruling letting for-profit employers opt out of the contraception requirements of the Affordable Care Act," Malloy said.

From July 10 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,147 registered 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, 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.

60. As you may know the Supreme Court recently ruled that for-profit employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under the 2010 health care law. Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's decision?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                50%    79%    21%    48%    59%    43%    45%    46%    53%    60%
Disagree             46     18     77     48     38     54     54     50     44     35
DK/NA                 3      4      3      4      3      4      1      4      3      6
 
 
61. 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      29%    12%    46%    28%    24%    33%    42%    29%    29%    19%
Legal most cases     35     33     37     39     37     34     33     37     36     31
Illegal most cases   22     36     10     20     25     20     10     19     25     35
Illegal all cases    10     16      4      8     10      9     14     14      4      9
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      4      3      1      2      6      6
 
 
62. As you may know, voters in Colorado passed a law legalizing marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Do you support or oppose this law?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              54%    26%    76%    58%    57%    51%    74%    59%    54%    28%
Oppose               43     72     21     38     39     46     23     39     43     67
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      4      3      2      2      4      5
 
TREND: As you may know, voters in Colorado passed a law legalizing marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Do you support or oppose this law?
                     Jul 21  Apr 28  Feb 10  Aug 22
                     2014    2014    2014    2013
 
Support              54      54      58      54
Oppose               43      43      39      41
DK/NA                 3       3       4       5
 
 
63. 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                  51%    36%    63%    53%    52%    50%    59%    54%    60%    26%
No                   48     64     37     45     47     49     41     45     39     73
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?
                     Jul 21  Apr 28  Feb 10  Aug 22
                     2014    2014    2014    2013
 
Yes                  51      49      51      51
No                   48      50      47      47
DK/NA                 1       1       2       2
 
 
64. Have you used marijuana after recreational sales began in Colorado on January 1st?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  16%     5%    27%    15%    20%    12%    33%    20%    14%     2%
No                   83     94     73     83     79     87     67     79     86     97
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      -      1      -      1
 
TREND: Have you used marijuana after recreational sales began in Colorado on January 1st?
                     Jul 21  Apr 28  Feb 10
                     2014    2014    2014
 
Yes                  16      15      10
No                   83      84      89
DK/NA                 1       1       1
 
 
65. Do you think the laws regulating the use of marijuana in Colorado should be more strict than the laws regulating the use of alcohol, less strict, or about as strict as the laws regulating the use of alcohol?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More                 29%    44%    17%    28%    28%    30%    14%    29%    31%    37%
Less                 10      3     14     10     14      6     28     10      5      3
About as strict      61     53     69     61     57     64     57     61     63     58
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      -      -      1      2
 
 
66. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be legal or illegal in - members only marijuana clubs?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal                66%    51%    77%    67%    67%    64%    82%    71%    67%    41%
Illegal              29     46     17     26     28     30     15     26     29     47
DK/NA                 5      3      5      6      5      5      3      3      5     12
 
 
67. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be legal or illegal in - bars and clubs where alcohol is served?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal                31%    17%    42%    31%    34%    27%    46%    33%    27%    18%
Illegal              65     81     53     63     63     67     50     65     66     77
DK/NA                 5      2      5      6      3      6      4      2      7      6
 
 
68. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be legal or illegal in - entertainment events where admission is charged?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal                33%    16%    45%    35%    36%    30%    52%    38%    30%    11%
Illegal              63     81     50     59     60     66     46     59     64     82
DK/NA                 4      2      5      6      4      4      3      2      6      7
 
 
69. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be legal or illegal in - invitation only entertainment events where no admission is charged?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal                46%    27%    64%    44%    47%    44%    65%    52%    44%    22%
Illegal              49     71     30     46     46     51     32     44     51     69
DK/NA                 6      2      5     10      7      5      3      5      6      9
 
 
70. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be legal or illegal in - a person's home?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Legal                74%    56%    88%    76%    75%    72%    85%    75%    76%    59%
Illegal              23     42     10     21     22     24     14     23     21     34
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      3      3      1      2      3      6
 
 
71. 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%    42%    77%    63%    63%    59%    91%    61%    59%    38%
Marijuana            19     35      9     15     19     20      6     21     18     27
BOTH(VOL)            13     17      8     14     10     17      1     11     16     22
NEITHER(VOL)          1      1      -      -      1      -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 6      5      6      7      8      5      1      5      6     13
 
 
72. Which do you think is more harmful to society, alcohol or marijuana?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Alcohol              59%    41%    75%    60%    63%    54%    78%    64%    57%    35%
Marijuana            22     38     10     19     21     23     15     17     21     37
BOTH(VOL)            14     18      9     14      9     18      4     11     16     20
NEITHER(VOL)          1      1      1      2      2      1      1      3      1      1
DK/NA                 5      3      5      6      5      4      2      4      5      7
 
 
73. 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%     4%     9%     6%     7%     6%    13%     6%     5%     3%
Smwht comfortable    15      7     24     12     19     10     25     17     14      4
Smwht uncomfortable  19     13     20     21     19     18     31     17     17     14
Very uncomfortable   59     75     44     59     53     65     31     61     60     77
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      1      -      -      4      2
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jul 21  Feb 10
                     2014    2014
 
Very comfortable      6       7
Smwht comfortable    15      10
Smwht uncomfortable  19      17
Very uncomfortable   59      64
DK/NA                 2       1
 
 

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