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Poll: Support for Marijuana Legalization Initiative Growing in Washington

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director July 23, 2012

    New polling data from SurveyUSA shows growing support for Washington State’s marijuana legalization initiative, I-502.

    The new survey found that 55 percent approve of the initiative, with just 32 percent opposed and 13 percent undecided. The poll was conducted from July 16th through 17th and involved 600 likely voters. You can read more about the SurveyUSA poll here. This is a significant upward swing in support for I-502, previous polling in June had only 50% of voters supporting Initiative 502 to 37% opposed.

    The Seattle Times is also reporting that initiative proponents plan on kicking off a million dollar advertising campaign in August.

    61 Responses to “Poll: Support for Marijuana Legalization Initiative Growing in Washington”

    1. […] Poll: Support for Marijuana Legalization Initiative Growing in Washington New polling data from SurveyUSA shows growing support for Washington State’s marijuana legalization initiative, I-502. The new survey found that 55 percent approve of the initiative, with just 32 percent opposed and 13 percent undecided. The poll was conducted from July 16th through 17th and involved 600 likely voters. You can read more about the SurveyUSA poll here. This is a significant upward swing in support for I-502, previous polling in June had only 50% of voters supporting Initiative 502 to 37% opposed. The Seattle Times is also reporting that […] […]

    2. Joel: the other Joel says:

      There are a lot of people who have no desire to smoke pot and doesn’t believe it should be illegal or prohibited by the federal government.
      That and the patients who need medical marijuana are the growing support.

    3. skunkyfingers says:

      Polls in 2010 had Washington as high as 61% in favor. I think Washington and Colorado both will approve legalization. Colorado is where ALL efforts should be focused, because they have the most in office elected officials supporting the marijuana movement, and they will have the best chance of moving legal matters within the State forward after the win. Winning is just part of the battle. Who has the elected officials willing to move things forward after the win against the FEDS wishes?—I think Colorado will lead the charge. Washington I think will stay back and wait and see what Colorado does first and the Feds reactions. I look for the Feds to send out letters in advance saying that they will arrest anyone who tries to put in place a legal marijuana system that goes against Fed Law…. So, how will it all go?????? What will happen??? No one can be certain, but it will be fun to watch! You can bet that the bubble is about to burst, and something has got to give. I can’t wait until November!!! Go Colorado!!!! Let’s go Washington!!!

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      Geez! People must be catching on to the futility of prohibition. Nothing like hard times to roll back cruel, needless spending on failing policies.

    5. David says:

      Some cool trends in the data from the source. Polled voters aged 65+ were 45% for 42% against. Also, the higher educated people were, the more likely they were to support it with only highschool voting 52-40 compared to 4-year college voting 56-29.

      Speaks volumes!

    6. Fireweed says:

      It’s good that support is growing. What do Washingtonians have to look forward if this gets voted in?
      1. decrease in young adult male suicides-research shows a signficant difference in the rate of suicide among young adult males that smoke marijuana.
      2. decrease in abuse of alcohol or hard drugs.
      3. decrease in traffic accident and fatality rate. the numbers are there, not hard to find. Just match up NORML’s state by state marijuana laws with the last 15 years national highway and transportation safety board’s state by state statistics.
      4. decrease of gang violence related to marijuana. I think any of us here can say we’d rather buy from a licensed dealer than some sketchball on the street.
      5. Decrease in adolescent use and access.
      6. decreased incidence of painkiller abuse.
      7. overall decrease in chronic inflammatory related health problems. Cannabis is anti-inflammatory with minimal side effects.

    7. John says:

      The corrupt, greedy, and uneducated are becoming fewer in numbers. The people will speak eventually and have the final word.I think once full legalization begins in one state there is going to be a landslide against the rest.

    8. Luke says:

      Looks like it may just happen there. Hope so. Once one state falls, the rest will surely follow.

    9. chrisvv says:

      Cannabis is more effective than Viagra or Cialis for sexual health. The increase in blood pressure, the stimulation of CB receptors, the relaxing effects, all allow a natural erection to be achieved more easily.

      I only mention this to help change the minds of the old white men keeping this plant illegal, i know everyone else knows of the many benefits of Cannabis.

    10. Wow….those are some numbers !

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