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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.

5 Responses

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

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

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

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