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Quinnipiac University Poll. Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2012. N=1,949 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.2.

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"Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States, or not?"

 

    Should be
made legal
Should not be
made legal
Unsure

 

    % % %

 

ALL 51 44 5

 

Republicans 31 66 3

 

Democrats 58 36 6

 

Independents 58 37 5

 


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 26-29, 2012. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"As you may know, marijuana use is legal in some states. Do you think the federal government should take steps to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in those states, or not?"

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    Yes No Unsure

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    % % %

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11/26-29/12 34 64 1

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CBS News Poll. Nov. 16-19, 2012. N=1,100 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"

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    Legal Not legal Unsure
    % % %
11/16-19/12 47 47 6
9/12 45 49 6
10/28-31/11 40 51 9
3/29 - 4/1/10 44 51 5
7/09 41 52 7
3/12-16/09 31 63 6
1/11-15/09 41 52 7
7/79 27 69 4

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"Do you think doctors should be allowed to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses, or not?"

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    Allowed Not allowed Unsure
    % % %
11/16-19/12 83 13 4
10/28-31/11 77 17 6

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"Do you think most of the marijuana that is purchased in this country through state authorized medical marijuana programs is being used to alleviate suffering from serious medical illnesses, or do you think most of it is being used for other reasons?"

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    Serious
illnesses
Other
reasons
Unsure

 

    % % %
11/16-19/12 29 53 18
10/28-31/11 31 52 17

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"Do you think laws regarding whether the use of marijuana is legal or not should be determined by the federal government, or left to each individual state government to decide?"

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    Federal
government
State
governments
Both (vol.) Unsure

 

    % % % %
11/16-19/12 34 59 2 5
9/12 31 62 2 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-10, 2011. N=824 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

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"Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?"

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    Favor Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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ALL 41 56 2

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Democrats 42 56 2

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Independents 48 49 3

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Republicans 28 70 2

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Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 20-21, 2010. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.8.

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"As you may know, California's Proposition 19 would legalize marijuana in the state, allowing people age 21 or older to possess and cultivate small amounts for personal use. It would also allow local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution, and sales of marijuana. Would you support or oppose a similar measure to legalize marijuana in your state?"

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    Support Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/20-21/10 45 52 3

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"Would you support or oppose a similar measure to legalize marijuana nationwide?"

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    Support Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/20-21/10 44 52 4

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"As you may know, California's Proposition 19 would legalize marijuana in the state, allowing people age 21 or older to possess and cultivate small amounts for personal use. It would also allow local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution, and sales of marijuana. Would you support or oppose a similar measure to legalize marijuana in your state? ... Would you support or oppose a similar measure to legalize marijuana nationwide?"
If do not support legalization in their state or nationwide:

"If you don't support legalizing marijuana generally, do you support legalizing it to treat certain medical conditions, sometimes referred to as 'medical marijuana?'"
Combined responses

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    Support
medical
marijuana
Do not support
medical
marijuana
Unsure Support
legalization in
state/nation

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    % % % %

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10/20-21/10 34 16 4 46

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"If marijuana were legalized in your state, would you support or oppose taxation of marijuana sales?"

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    Support Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/20-21/10 73 23 4

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"If marijuana were legalized in your state, do you think crime would increase or decrease, or stay about the same?"

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    Increase Decrease Stay about
the same
Unsure

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    % % % %

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10/20-21/10 33 24 38 5

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"As you may know, Attorney General Eric Holder has said that even if California votes to legalize recreational marijuana use on November 2nd, he plans to 'vigorously enforce' federal drug laws in the state. Would you support or oppose the federal government's right to prosecute marijuana users in California, even if their use is allowed under California law?"

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    Support Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/20-21/10 31 57 12

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"Last month, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that will downgrade the possession of one ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction similar to a traffic ticket, punishable by a simple $100 fine and no arrest record. Would you support or oppose a measure like this in your state, even if marijuana remains illegal?"

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    Support Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/20-21/10 55 41 4

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"In general, do you think government-funded health care should cover treatment for marijuana dependence, or not?"

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    Should Should not Unsure

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    % % %

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10/20-21/10 36 58 6

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"Finally, keeping in mind that your answers in this survey are confidential: Have you, yourself, ever tried marijuana?" If yes: "How often do you smoke marijuana these days: frequently, occasionally, rarely or never?" Combined responses

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    Frequently Occasionally Rarely Never/
Never tried
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
10/20-21/10 6 6 5 81 2

 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 7-10, 2009. Adults nationwide.

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"Would you favor or oppose making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering?" N=514 (Form B), MoE ± 5

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    Favor Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/7-10/10 70 27 3

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10/13-16/05 78 22 -

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11/10-12/03 75 22 3

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AP-CNBC Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. April 7-12, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.3.

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"Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose the complete legalization of the use of marijuana for any purpose?"

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    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 33 55 11 1

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"Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use?"

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    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 34 55 11 -

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"Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes?"

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    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 60 28 11 1

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"Should the regulations on marijuana be more strict than those for alcohol, the same as those for alcohol, or less strict as those for alcohol?"

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    More strict The same Less strict

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    % % %

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4/7-12/10 43 44 12

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"If the sale and possession of marijuana were made legal, do you think it would increase crime, reduce crime, or have no effect on crime?"

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    Increase Reduce Have no effect Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 34 32 33 1

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"If the sale and possession of marijuana were made legal, do you think it would make the economy better, make the economy worse, or have no effect on the economy?"

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    Better Worse Have no effect Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 32 21 46 1

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"If the sale and possession of marijuana were made legal, do you think it would mostly improve the health of people, mostly harm the health of the people, or have no effect on the health of people?"

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    Improve Harm Have no effect Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 13 46 39 2

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"If the sale and possession of marijuana were made legal, do you think it would lead more people to use more serious drugs such as heroin and cocaine, lead fewer people to use more serious drugs, or have no effect on how many people use more serious drugs?"

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    Lead more
people to use
Lead fewer
people to use
Have no effect Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 39 10 49 2

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"If the sale and possession of marijuana were made legal, do you think it would create jobs in your community, cost jobs in your community, or have no effect on the number of jobs in your community?"

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    Create jobs Cost jobs Have no effect Unsure

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 24 17 57 1

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"Do you think the cost of enforcing today's marijuana laws is too high, or do you think the cost of enforcing today's marijuana laws is acceptable?"

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    Too high Acceptable Unsure Refused

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 45 48 6 1

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"Do you think that marijuana has a real medical benefit for some people, or do you think that marijuana doesn't really have any real medical benefits for anyone?" Options rotated

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    Has a real
medical benefit
Doesn't have
real medical
benefits
Unsure Refused

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    % % % %

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4/7-12/10 74 21 5 1

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Pew Research Center survey. March 10-14, 2010. N=1,500 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?"

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    Yes, legal No, illegal Unsure/Refused

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    % % %

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ALL 41 52 7

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18-29 58 39 4

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30-49 42 53 5

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50-64 40 49 11

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65 & older 22 69 8

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Republicans 24 71 6

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Democrats 48 47 5

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Independents 49 44 8

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"Do you favor or oppose your state allowing the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes if it is prescribed by a doctor?"

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    Favor Oppose Unsure/ Refused

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ALL 73 23 4

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18-29 80 17 3

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30-49 70 26 3

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50-64 77 20 4

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65 & older 63 30 7

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Republicans 61 37 2

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Democrats 80 17 3

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Independents 76 21 3

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"Do you think that allowing medical marijuana makes it easier for people to get marijuana even if they don't have a real medical need, or doesn’t it make a difference?"

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    Makes it
easier
Doesn't make
a difference
Unsure/ Refused

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    % % %

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3/10-14/10 46 48 5

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How concerned, if at all, would you be if a store that sold medical marijuana opened up near other stores in your area . . . ?"

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    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/Refused
    % % % % %
3/10-14/10 27 17 20 34 2

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"Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself, ever happened to try marijuana?"

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    Yes No Unsure/Refused

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    % % %

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3/10-14/10 40 58 2

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6/03 38 61 1

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2/01 38 60 2

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 12-15, 2010. N=1,083 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

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"In general, do you favor or oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use?"

 

    Favor Oppose Unsure

 

    % % %

 

1/12-15/10 46 51 2

 

4/21-24/09 46 52 2

 

5/97 22 75 3

 

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"Regardless of what you think about the personal non-medical use of marijuana, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?"

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    Should Should not Unsure

 

    % % %

 

1/12-15/10 81 18 1

 

5/97 69 27 4

 

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"If doctors are allowed to prescribe marijuana to patients, should it be limited to patients who are terminally ill and near death; or also allowed for patients who have serious but not fatal illnesses; or should it be allowed for any patient the doctor thinks it could help?"

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    Terminally ill Seriously ill Any patient Unsure

 

    % % % %

 

1/12-15/10 21 21 56 2

 

5/97 29 13 52 6

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Oct. 22-25, 2009. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.4.

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"Do you think adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it or do you think that marijuana should remain illegal even for medical purposes?"

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    Allow
medical use
Remain
illegal
Unsure

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    % % %

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10/22-25/09 73 23 4

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Gallup Poll. Oct. 1-4, 2009. Adults nationwide.

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"Some people have proposed legalizing marijuana and then taxing its sale as a way of raising revenue for state governments. Would you favor or oppose this in the state where you live?" N=525 (Form B), MoE ± 5

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    Favor Oppose Unsure

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    % % %

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10/1-4/09 42 56 2

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CBS News Poll. March 12-16, 2009. N=1,142 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"

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    Legal Not legal Unsure

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    % % %

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3/12-16/09 31 63 6

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1/11-15/09 41 52 7

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7/79 27 69 4

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Asked of those who answered "Not legal" or "Unsure":
"What if state governments tax the sale of marijuana and used tax revenues to pay for state and local projects, then would you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"
Results based on total sample.

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    Legal (From
preceding question)
Legal, if taxed Not legal Unsure

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    % % % %

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3/12-16/09

31 7 58 4

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CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Oct. 23-24, 2002. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

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"Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?"

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    10/02 4/86 3/83

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    % % %

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Favor 34 18 24

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Oppose 59 78 73

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Not sure 7 4 4

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"Assuming marijuana is not legalized, do you think people arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana should be put in jail, or just have to pay a fine but without serving any time in jail?"

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    %

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Put in jail 19

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Just pay a fine 72

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Both (vol.) 2

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Neither (vol.) 4

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Not sure 3

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"Do you think adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it or do you think that marijuana should remain illegal even for medical purposes?"

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Allow medical use 80

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Illegal even for medical purposes 17

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Not sure 3

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"According to statistics, lots of people have tried marijuana at least once. How about you, have you tried marijuana at least once?"

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10/02 3/83

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% %

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Yes 47 31

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No 50 68

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Not sure 3 1

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Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Feb. 14-19, 2001. N=1,513 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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Form 1 (N=728, MoE ± 4.5):
"Next I have some questions about the problem of drugs and drug abuse. How would you describe the problem of drug abuse across the country? Would you say it is a crisis, a serious problem, a minor problem, or not a problem?"
%
Crisis 27
Serious problem 63
Minor problem 7
Not a problem 1
Don't know 2

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Form 2 (N=785, MoE ± 4.5):
"Next I have some questions about the problem of drugs and drug abuse. How would you describe the problem of drug abuse in your neighborhood, including the local schools? Would you say it is a crisis, a serious problem, a minor problem, or not a problem?"
%
Crisis 9
Serious problem 37
Minor problem 37
Not a problem 10
Don't know 7

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"I'm going to mention some actions the government could take to control the use of drugs. I'd like you to rate the effectiveness of each. Would a big government push to [see below] be very effective in controlling drugs, only somewhat effective, or not very effective at all?"
Very Somewhat Not Very Don't
Know
% % % %
"Stop the illegal importation of drugs from other countries"
52 27 19 2

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"Arrest people who sell illegal drugs in this country"
49 33 17 1

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"Provide drug treatment programs for drug users"
36 43 19 2

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"Educate Americans about the dangers of using illegal drugs"
35 41 22 2

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"Arrest drug users in this country"
30 34 34 2

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Form 1 (N=728, MoE ± 4.5):
"As you may know, the United States provides substantial financial assistance to countries like Columbia and Peru every year in order to help these countries fight drug trafficking. In your opinion, should the U.S. be providing more financial assistance to these countries, less financial assistance, or are we providing about the right amount of assistance now?"
%
More 11
Less 42
Providing about right amount 36
Don't know 11

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Form 2 (N=785, MoE ± 4.5):
"As you may know, the United States provides substantial military assistance to countries like Columbia and Peru every year in order to help these countries fight drug trafficking. In your opinion, should the U.S. be providing more military assistance to these countries, less military assistance, or are we providing about the right amount of assistance now?"
%
More 23
Less 28
Providing about right amount 37
Don't know 12

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"Do you think the possession of small amounts of marijuana should or should not be treated as a criminal offense?"
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Should 49
Should not 46
Don't know 5

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"Regardless of what you think about the personal non-medical use of marijuana, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?"
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Should 73
Should not 21
Don't know 6

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"Has drug abuse ever been a cause of trouble in your family?"
%
Yes 21
No 79

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"How big a factor do you think the following things are in determining whether a teenager tries illegal drugs or not? Would you say [see below] is a major factor in whether a teenager tries illegal drugs, a minor factor, or not a factor at all?"

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Major factor Minor factor Not a factor Unsure
% % % %
"Peer pressure" 82 14 2 2

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"Lack of parental supervision"
79 15 4 2

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"How easy or difficult it is for the teen to get access to drugs"
74 17 5 4

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"The portrayal of drug use in movies, music and TV"
55 32 10 3

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"Whether the teen's parents drink or smoke"
52 32 13 3

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"Living in poverty" 45 33 18 4

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"A lack of information about the dangers of drugs"
44 35 19 2

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"Boredom" 42 38 16 4

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"Whether the teenager is raised in the city, suburbs or country"
25 30 42 3

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"Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

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Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
"We are losing the drug war."
74 20 6

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Form 2 (N=785, MoE ± 4.5): "We will never be able to stop drugs from coming into this country because the demand for drugs is so high in the U.S."
74 24 2

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Form 1 (N=728, MoE ± 4.5): "Latin American governments will never be able to control the problem of drug trafficking."
68 27 5

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"The television and motion picture industries fail to accurately portray the dangers of drug abuse."
68 28 4

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"Parents who used drugs in their youth don’t do enough to help their kids stay away from drugs."
59 30 11

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"Too many people are put in jail just for possessing drugs."
47 47 6

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Form 2 (N=785, MoE ± 4.5): "If marijuana were legalized, it would be harder to control the use of more serious drugs such as heroin and cocaine."
44 50 6

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Form 1 (N=728, MoE ± 4.5): "Legalizing marijuana would make it easier for law enforcement to control more serious drugs."
36 59 5

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"People should be allowed to take any drug they want so long as they don't hurt someone else."
12 86 2

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Form 1 (N=728, MoE ± 4.5):
"Some states are moving away from the idea of mandatory prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders. Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?"
%
Good thing 47
Bad thing 45
Don't know 8

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Form 2 (N=785, MoE ± 4.5):
"All in all, should drug use be treated more like a crime or more like a disease?"
%
A crime 35
A disease 52
Both (vol.) 9
Neither (vol.) 1
Don't know 3

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"Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself, ever happened to try marijuana?"
%
Yes 38
No 60
Don't know/Refused 2

 

Gallup Poll. March 19-21, 1999. N=1,018 adults nationwide.

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"Suppose that on election day this year you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against each one of the following propositions: Would you vote for or against [see below]?"

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"the legalization of marijuana"
3/99 4/96
% %
For 29 24
Against 69 73
No opinion 2 3

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"making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering"
%
For 73
Against 25
No opinion 2


 


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