Majority of New Yorkers Back Legalized Pot, Ohioans Evenly Split

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director December 17, 2012




    Two new polls, published this week by Quinnipiac University, show solid support for marijuana legalization in both New York and Ohio.

    In a New York State poll of 1,302 voters, conducted December 5th through 10th, 51% stated that they believed marijuana should be made legal and only 44% stated they opposed the idea. Support was slightly strong among men (56% support to 41% opposed), but a small plurality of women also backed legalization (47% support to 46% opposed). Also, as we’ve seen across the board in marijuana reform polling, the strongest age group in favor is the 18-29 year old demographic (61% support to 34% opposed), with support declining through the older age groups. You can read more about the New York poll here.

    Quinnipiac also conducted a state poll in Ohio of 1,165 voters from December 4th through 9th and found Ohioans evenly split on marijuana legalization, with 47% support to 47% opposed. You can view the cross tabs for the Ohio poll here.

    27 responses to “Majority of New Yorkers Back Legalized Pot, Ohioans Evenly Split”

    1. Anonymous says:

      The older age group is not educated on pot. They Think its wrong cuz they don’t have a clue.

    2. bellabac says:

      im from ohio and i vote yes!

    3. Ben says:

      It succeeded in Washington and Colorado…

      Or did it?!

      I ask you, specifically referencing your understanding of our democracy and the reality of laws, and with all due respect – wtf is this??


    4. Nikos says:

      Yeah, yeah, yeah. More empty talk. While everyone celebrates Colorado, New Yorkers still have no consideration. Exactly what is NORML doing for NY? Anything? It’s about time New York does something for medical use. Very happy to see that some people are now able to but again, more empty polls that do nothing.

      [Editor’s note: You’re asking the entirely wrong question as personal freedom and consumer choice is fought and achieved for at the local level…not provided like rain from the heavens (or the Beltway). The proper question to ask is ‘who is going to join me in changing my state’s cannabis laws?’, not, ‘when is NORML going to win me my freedom’.

      Contact your local NY chapters of NORML to get involved in your own liberation.]

    5. mary says:

      Actually, us old folks were rolling doobies before you were born, we just won’t say so in public, but we will in the voting booth.

    6. Bob Doyle says:

      There are two very non-norml sites to educate yourself. http://www.thesilvertour.org & http://www.cherrygirl28.com ~ Those of us elders from the youth of the 1960’s who care are aware of all the issues and ramifications of cannabis as a medical aid. We do enjoy the medical miracle of natures plant life.

    7. Sage says:

      I definitely could see how the older aged people are against it because they were raised to understand marijuana would ruin their lives which is not true. The new generation is rising to the occasion of legalization and we are not afraid of what’s good for us

    8. claygooding says:

      The DEA doesn’t have the resources to enforce possession laws nor small 6 plant grows,especially thousands of them,,so we know the framework for legalization,unfortunately commercial production and the distribution of cannabis will be targeted but not for criminal charges,,the feds realize getting a conviction would be impossible with a jury made up of voters that legalized the production and sales,,they will rely on property seizures and stealing everything they can.

      We have the framework but using future taxes as encouragement for acceptance will only result in backlash when no taxes are realized.

      A state that legalizes and only allows personal grows by licensed individuals may be the only revenue states will see until we get the federal government out of the prohibition business.

    9. claygooding says:

      We have the framework,,legal possession and licensed personal grows,,the feds depend on local and state law enforcement to control small grows and possession amounts so don’t plan anything the feds can attack,,any commercial production and licensed outlets will have to wait until we get the feds out of the prohibition business.

    10. Temptest MC says:

      Ah now you’ez be seening what I beens talking about. Telling you this al the long but yeak I digress that fact because now anyones can be seeing that the marijuana be doing NO arms to nobies. Ibeen that simple all do long. Pots in not harmfulls to noones and nevers has been. Bout thime we be legaliezings. PEASE