In Massachusetts, the latest mini-poll showed among many topics that since same-sex marriage hasn’t affected their daily lives, residents are seeing the merit in supporting legalizing medical marijuana.
Public Policy Polling asked 902 Bay State voters a series of questions over a two day period in late June. The poll was not paid for or authorized by any specific campaign or political organization. It surveyed a assortment of people -- adults to the elderly, and Democrats to Republicans. The margin of error for the automated phone survey was +/-3.3%.
“Every week we poll our website and ask viewers about what they want to see,” said Justin Mayhew, assistant communications director for Public Policy Polling. “[Issues in] Massachusetts came out on top.”
While only a fraction of residents were involved, the results of the study show that support for the legalization of medical marijuana is on the rise. The question will likely be put to vote on the 2012 ballot in November.
The results: 57% of those polled said they would be okay with allowing patients to have access to medicinal marijuana. 33% of voters were against it. The numbers showed a shift since the last poll conducted in March, according to officials from Public Policy Polling.
When asked about state politicians, Senator John Kerry was ever so slightly favored by survey takers to Republican Senator Scott Brown. According to the stats, Kerry only nudged Brown form the top spot by roughly 4%, beating Brown 47-43 in the phone polling.
Some other stats from the mini-poll:
62% of voters said they support gay marriage being legal to only 30% who think it should be illegal
57% of voters said they are in favor of legalizing medicinal marijuana while 33% are opposed.
45% of voters said they support assisted suicide compared to 36% who are opposed.
64% say legalizing gay marriage had no impact on their lives to 20% who think it’s been a positive thing and 16% who believe it’s been negative.