Pennsylvania Poll On Marijuana Legalization Reveals An Opportunity For Republicans

Pennsylvania Poll On Marijuana Legalization Reveals An Opportunity For Republicans

Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians support legalizing marijuana for adults and establishing a statewide system to regulate and tax sales—including majorities of the state’s conservative, moderate and liberal voters. That’s according to a new statewide survey, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition (PCC) industry group and conducted by Harrisburg-based Harper Polling, that found 62 percent of likely voters in favor of legal, regulated sales to adults 21 and over. Published on Wednesday, the poll indicates indicates an opportunity for Republican candidates looking to win over voters, according to a memo published Wednesday alongside the poll results. “While many have reported on Democratic support of legalization,” said PCC President Bob Pease, “a key finding of the poll was the electoral support of adult-use among Republicans. The numbers are clear: supporting legalization is a flat-out good vote.” Results from the survey suggest that Republican lawmakers would likely see a net gain in political support if they chose to support legalization. A third of Republicans (34 percent) said they would enthusiastically support a Republican legislator who voted for legalization. That proportion is even higher (45 percent) among Republicans age 18 to 39. “Male Democrats would be especially willing to consider voting for a Republican legislator who supports adult-use cannabis.” The political risk to Republican officials, the survey found, would be minimal: “A mere 9% of Republicans would vote their legislator out of office due to a vote in support of adult-use cannabis,” the memo says. Overall, 54 percent of self-identified conservatives said they supported…

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