With Fate of Ballot Initiative Up in the Air, Poll Finds Majority of Missouri Voters Back Legalization

With Fate of Ballot Initiative Up in the Air, Poll Finds Majority of Missouri Voters Back Legalization
High Times

It is still unclear whether a proposal to legalize cannabis use for adults will qualify for this year’s ballot in Missouri. But if it does, it’s a good bet to pass. That is the takeaway of a new poll conducted and released late last month. Sixty-two percent of Missouri voters said they believe marijuana for recreational use should be legal, according to the latest findings from SurveyUSA. Only 26% of those polled said that weed should remain illegal. Huge majorities of Democrats and independents in the Show Me State support the end of cannabis prohibition, the survey found. Seventy-eight percent of Dems said that recreational pot use should be legal, while 68% of Missouri independents said the same. Republicans in the state were more divided on the question, with 47% of GOP voters in Missouri saying that recreational cannabis use should be legal and 40% saying it should remain illegal. Huge majorities in every age group said they support legalization—except for those 65 and older. Seventy-three percent of voters aged 18-34 said they are in favor of ending prohibition, while 70% of the 35-49 age group and 60% of those aged 50-64 said the same. Among voters 65 and older, the split was identical to the divide among Republicans: 47% said they support legalization, while 40% said they do not. The SurveyUSA poll was conducted July 24-27 and is based on interviews with 1,981 registered Missouri voters. It has a margin of error of 2.6%. All told, the polling data is highly encouraging to advocates who are hoping that Missouri becomes the latest state to legalize recreational pot use this year. But first, they must get the question before voters in the state. That remains up in the air, as the Missouri secretary of state’s office continues to assess petitions…

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