NEW POLL: High Support for Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, 61% Say Regulate Like Alcohol and Tobacco

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director June 11, 2012

    A just-released statewide poll by Rasmussen Reports provides strong evidence that Colorado may likely become the first state to re-legalize and regulate the personal use of marijuana this November.

    On June 6th, Rasmussen Polling conducted a survey of likely voters in Colorado and found majority support for marijuana legalization. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed supported legalizing marijuana if it were regulated like alcohol and cigarettes. Only 27 percent of respondents are opposed to legalization and 12 percent remain undecided.

    This is great news for Amendment 64, a 2012 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol, which will appear on the Colorado ballot this November. Rasmussen’s recent survey shows support shifting upwards from previous polling. In December 2011, Public Policy Polling reported that 49 percent of Coloradan’s believed that marijuana use should be legal versus 40 percent who believed it should remain illegal.

    Lately, the mainstream media has caught on to the important role that Amendment 64 will play in this fall’s presidential election. This poll is just further proof of that claim’s validity. During the same time period, Rasmussen polled Colorado voters on their presidential preference and respondents were split, 45 percent for Obama and 45 percent support for Romney. Amendment 64 promises to turn out greater numbers of independent minded and youth voters in November, if either candidate embraced rational marijuana policy reforms, this important battleground state could be theirs to win. If neither does, it remains to be seen if they will lose these potential votes to the third party candidate, Libertarian Gary Johnson, who advocates for marijuana legalization as a part of his platform. The marijuana issue is one that the two major parties can continue to ignore, but they are now doing so at their own peril.

    You can learn more about Amendment 64 in Colorado here.

    You can view more data on the Rasmussen poll here.

    63 responses to “NEW POLL: High Support for Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, 61% Say Regulate Like Alcohol and Tobacco”

    1. 420 Manila says:

      its about time… “think of baby steps”

    2. Paul W says:

      Could someone please explain to me how Amendment 64 is expected to affect the presidential election since both candidates (Obama and Romney) are totally wrong on this issue?

      Perhaps the fear of the 2 major parties are that a third party will get the votes. I’ve already decided to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson! I hope you all have the courage to do so too!

    3. Jake says:

      Hells yeah i live in Estes Park Colorado and its just like John Denver said Rocky mountain HIGH! just moved here from Ks a year ago.. eat it kansas!

    4. Bhonze says:

      I can’t wait to make travel arrangements; Mississippi to Colorado!!! Mile High Vacation!!!
      Git R done!

    5. Warren says:

      Mr Altieri points out that if a presidential candidate “embraced marijuana legalization this important battleground state could be theirs.” But he ignores the fact there already is just such candidate who does indeed argue for ending the war against marijuana. His name is Gary Johnson and his record in two terms as governor of New Mexico is a lot better than Romney’s. Check him out. It’s worth the effort.

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    7. Collin says:

      The momentum right now is incredible. I’m very glad to see the progress that is being made. It’s happening much faster than I had anticipated years ago. But the big question is even if Colorado passes full fledged legalization, can the “Feds” still come in and perform their infamous “Raids” on individuals and dispensaries? When the Federal Government finally raises the white flag ont his issue, it’ll be a day to celebrate.

    8. Chrono says:

      Its about time people started to come together on this. This truly excites me, I believe this will be a major stepping stone to full legalization. Still along way of but Colorado can become a beacon for hard research and statistics witch I think will show the rest of the states that pot is ok.

    9. Shawn Christopher says:

      lets hope this percentage holds, it always goes down as the vote approaches, California was also getting polls like this. fingers crossed