Poll finds support at 78 percent or higher among every partisan, gender and age group.
HAMDEN, CT — For the second time in less than a week, a poll of registered voters in Pennsylvania has found 85% support of legalizing medical marijuana in the Keystone State, with support at 78 percent or higher among every partisan, gender and age group.
Even voters over 65 years old support medical marijuana 84 – 14 percent:
|Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Pennsylvania to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?|
AGE IN YRS.............. Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Support 85% 78% 91% 87% 86% 84% 83% 85% 87% 84% Oppose 14 21 8 12 13 15 17 14 12 14 DK/NA 1 2 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 2
The poll of 1,405 registered voters was conducted February 19 – 24, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.
Of those surveyed, 44 percent, including 49 percent of those 18 to 29 years old, said that they have tried marijuana.
If marijuana is legalized in Pennsylvania, 61% of voters say it would not bother them if a neighbor grew marijuana in their home. Among voters 18 to 29 years old, 75% say they would not be bothered. Among voters over 65 years old, 54% would be bothered.
Voters are divided, however, on the legalization of possession of “small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” the independent Quinnipiac University poll reports. While 48% support legalization of recreational use of marijuana, 49% are opposed. The Mercyhurst Center’s poll last week found 48% in favor of legalization, and 42% opposed.
“Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The Quinnipiac University poll released today joins a poll released Friday by the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics, which also found 85% of voters in support of medical marijuana.
Currently, lawmakers in Harrisburg are considering a comprehensive bi-partisan medical marijuana billintroduced by Senators Daylin Leach, a Democrat, and Mike Folmer, a Republican.
Under the proposed Senate Bill 1182, “Governor Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act,” medical marijuana patients would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or three ounces of marijuana infused products or concentrates.