The majority of voters in both Colorado and Oregon believe cannabis legalization has positively affected their states, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling.
The survey concerning Colorado – commissioned by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project – found that roughly 61 percent of voters think legalization has positively impacted the economy, and 58 percent believed tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales has been good for the state.
There is a significant gender divide when it comes to these opinions, however. The survey revealed that men (55 percent) have substantially more positive views on legalization than women (40 percent) do.
Perhaps less surprisingly, the survey also found that Democrats (58 percent) and Independents (52 percent) are far more likely than Republicans (32 percent) to believe that legalization has been good for the state.
Young people overwhelmingly support legalization
The largest division, however, was found in age. Three-quarters of 18- to 29-year-olds believed legalization was good for the state, while over 27 percent of voters over 65 said the same.
Regardless of distribution, a majority of Colorado voters (51 percent) said they would oppose a plan to repeal legalization. A mere 36 percent would support such a plan.
In Oregon, public opinion is similarly positive toward cannabis legalization. According to new polling by DHM Research - a nonpartisan opinion research firm - 61 percent of voters think legalization has had a positive impact on the state, while fewer than one-third view it negatively. The poll also found, however, that older voters are less sold on the idea than their younger counterparts. While 53 percent of voters 65 and older believe legalization has been negative, 24 percent of people younger than 65 see it that way.
Political affiliations in Colorado translated to similar results in Oregon. While 52 percent of Republicans said legalization has been negative, Democrats and non-affiliated voters or voters in another party voted overwhelmingly that the law has been positive.