Embracing Marijuana Legalization Could Have Offset Democratic Election Losses, Poll Indicates

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Despite Joe Biden’s presidential victory last month, Democrats suffered significant down-ballot losses on Election Day—and a new analysis indicates that candidates likely would have fared better if they embraced progressive policies like marijuana legalization. Due to the loss of several House seats, the party is barely holding onto its majority there, and it will have to wait for the outcome of two Senate runoffs in Georgia to see if it can reclaim control of the other chamber. There was a narrative among some centrist members that moving too far to the left on issues could jeopardize the election, but the results and the new analysis seem to contradict that argument. Data For Progress, Justice Democrats, Sunrise Movement and New Deal Strategies teamed up and polled 1,375 likely voters in 13 congressional districts where Democrats either lost or underperformed. They concluded that “progressive policies like raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, legalizing marijuana, and fighting for an expansive coronavirus relief package are popular among swing district voters.” NEW: Our memo today with @justicedems, @sunrisemvmt, and New Deal Strategies of swing districts Democrats lost — and how progressive policies like a $15 minimum wage, marijuana reform, and coronavirus relief can show Democrats the path forward.https://t.co/pJTlephHzR — Data for Progress (@DataProgress) December 9, 2020 Asked whether they support legalizing cannabis for adult use, 57 percent of respondents in the swing districts said they did. That includes 71 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of independents and 38 percent of Republicans. Via Data for Progress. What’s more, “marijuana legalization—a major progressive proposal—appears to additionally be a popular persuasion policy for independent voters” whose support could make or break tight races. And while only just over one-third of Republican voters said they favor the policy change in this survey, that is still an…

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