FOX43/SP&R Poll: Marijuana Legalization Support Lacking As Wolf Hops On Board

Gov. Tom Wolf voiced his support for marijuana legalization for adult recreational use in late September by saying a majority of Pennsylvanians would support the move after detailing the results from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide tour on the topic, but new polling from FOX43/Susquehanna Polling and Research contradicts the tours results. 

48% of registered voters polled said they opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, while 37% said they support it and 15% remain undecided. 

This poll surveying 650 registered voters in Pennsylvania, collected data from September 30 – October 6, 2019, has a margin of error of +/-3.8% at the 95% confidence level.  

Democrats were the largest group polled for this survey with 47% registered with the party, although only 22% identified as “liberal” or “progressive.” 40% polled were registered Republicans and 10% said they were Independents. While only 22% polled identified as “liberal” or “progressive,” 35% said they were moderate, and 31% considered themselves conservative. 

A majority of those polled, 55%, were over the age of 55 years old, with 32% of them being 65 years old and up. The next largest demographic with 20% being between 45-54 years old, followed by 14% being between the ages of 30-44, and 10% who are 18-29 years old. 


A Tale of Two Polls 

A Franklin & Marshall College poll released in March 2019 showed that 59% supported the legalization of recreational marijuana, while 34% opposed it and 7% saying they didn’t know. The last F&M poll that had marijuana support below 37%, which is the total released from SP&R today, was in June 2014, when 35% supported it. The first F&M poll showing a majority of Pennsylvanians supporting marijuana legalization was in May 2017.

Another notable difference when analyzing the marijuana numbers between both polls is how the voters identified. Like today’s SP&R poll, 47% polled were registered Democrats, which is higher than registered Republican total, although 31% identified as liberal in the F&M poll, in comparison to the 22% identifying as “liberal” or “progressive” in today’s SP&R poll.


Opposition to Gambling Mini Casinos

Just over half, 52%, polled said they’d oppose a new mini-casino being located less than 45 minutes away from where they live, “in their local area.” 36% said they’d support these mini casinos in their area, and 12% remain undecided. 

As part of Pennsylvania’s continued plans to expand gambling, would you support or oppose a new mini-casino in your local area, one that would be located less than 45 minutes away? 1. Yes/support 232 36% 2. No/oppose 341 52% 3. Undecided 77 12%

See the full data here.

October 8th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Harrisburg, Poll, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “FOX43/SP&R Poll: Marijuana Legalization Support Lacking As Wolf Hops On Board”

  1. Sam says:

    How did those old farts see the polls before younger people like me who are constantly watching news on marijuana and social media

  2. Daniel says:

    terrible surveying by fox.

  3. Answer Desk says:

    55% over the age of 55? That, in a nutshell is the problem with this poll.

    1. Publius says:

      True. According to the CNN exit poll of 2016, only 46% of the electorate was above 50. Above 55 is closer to 40%.

    2. James Jackson says:

      Where do you get to vote on these polls? I’ve never seen one. Legalize it already! Wtf?

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