In the latest Quinnipiac University Poll (April 14, 2015), Virginia voters support legalizing recreational marijuana by a margin of 54% in favor vs 41% opposed. Iowa voters are less enthusiastic about legalization of recreational pot with 47% favoring and 47% opposing legalizing “possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use”. The poll also shows that voters in Colorado are still enjoying their new found freedom with 62% in favor and just 34% opposed. Voters in all three states support medical marijuana by a margin of 10 to 1.
Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll:
“Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia often disagree about the big issues of the day – taxes, government spending, gay marriage and abortion. Yet there is one thing that they pretty much agree upon across state lines – medicinal pot.”
“Huge majorities in all three states think marijuana should be legally available for medical use. In once-stately Virginia there is majority support for allowing adults to possess small amounts of the drug for personal use. Iowans are split on the question and more than 60 percent of Coloradans, who already enjoy legalized marijuana, are fine with it.”
“Young people overwhelmingly favor legalization of marijuana, while older folks are not so high on its recreational use. But there is very little gender gap in these three states. Although about half or more voters across the three states support legalization of marijuana for personal use, very few voters say they would partake in it.”
IS RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA COMING TO VIRGINIA? VIRGINIA VOTERS WANT IT
Virginia voters support the legalization of medical marijuana 86 – 11 percent and favor legalization of recreational marijuana 54 – 41 percent.
There is a small gender gap on the issue of recreational marijuana. Support is 68 – 27 percent among Democrats and 53 – 41 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 57 – 40 percent.
Voters 18 to 34 years old support recreational marijuana 75 – 21 percent, while voters 35 to 54 percent support it 59 – 36 percent. Voters over 55 years old are opposed 52 – 43 percent.
But only 15 percent of Virginia voters say they definitely or probably would use marijuana if it were legal.
ONLY MILLENNIALS SUPPORT RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN IOWA
Iowa voters are divided 47 – 47 percent on whether they support legalized recreational use of marijuana. There is almost no gender gap. Support is 62 – 32 percent among Democrats, while Republicans are opposed 64 – 30 percent. Independent voters are divided with 49 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed.
Support for personal use of marijuana is 62 – 32 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old, while voters 35 to 54 years old are divided 47 – 47 percent and voters over 55 years old are opposed 53 – 41 percent.
Only 12 percent of Iowa voters say they definitely or probably would use marijuana if it were legal.
Voters support 87 – 11 percent the legalization of marijuana for medical use.
MOST IN COLORADO STILL HAVEN’T TRIED MARIJUANA
Only 18 percent of Colorado voters say they’ve tried marijuana since it became legal January 1, 2014. That includes 39 percent of voters 18 to 34 years old, 16 percent of voters 35 to 54 years old and 10 percent of voters over 55 years old.
“Just because they voted for it doesn’t mean legalized marijuana turns them on. Only a handful of Coloradans, including younger voters, says legalization encouraged them to light up.”
Source: Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll “April 14, 2015 – With Big Age, Party Gaps, Iowa Voters Split On Marijuana, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Colorado, Virginia Voters Back Recreational Pot” (.pdf)