August 22, 2014 – Little Love For Recreational Marijuana In New York, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Opposition To Fracking Inches Up PDF format
Only 35 percent of New York State voters want to legalize marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent want to legalize marijuana for medical use only and 19 percent say marijuana should not be legal, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
If personal use of marijuana were legal in New York, 62 percent of voters say they definitely would not use it, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.There are wide gender and age gaps on personal marijuana use, with 43 percent of men and 27 percent of women in favor. Support for personal use is 43 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old, 40 percent among voters 35 to 54 years old and 29 percent among voters over 55 years old.Support is 21 percent among Republicans, 37 percent among Democrats and 39 percent among independent voters.Support for medicinal use only, now legal in New York State, is 34 percent among men, 53 percent among women, 46 percent each among Republicans and Democrats and 43 percent among independent voters.”Almost all New Yorkers favor the use of medical marijuana, but many voters want to stop there. Just under a fifth would ban it completely and 44 percent say medical marijuana only,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.”How about their own preferences? Almost two-thirds of New Yorkers say they would definitely decline to puff the stuff themselves and only 4 percent say they definitely would inhale.”Past marijuana use apparently is a small issue in the New York governor’s race as 4 percent of voters say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who has used marijuana in the past, while 17 percent say they would be less likely to vote for the candidate and 77 percent say past marijuana use would not affect their vote.There is very little difference in gender or age groups.Fracking Opposition to drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is inching up to new highs, as 48 percent of voters are opposed because of environmental concerns while 43 percent support drilling because of economic benefits.
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