Marijuana Legalization in Arizona: Polls Come Up With Wildly Different Levels of Support

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Marijuana legalization in Arizona is either clearly supported by most people, or clearly not supported by most people, depending on which poll results you look at.

Although two polls released earlier this year seemed to show most people were on-board with legalization, a poll released today says the opposite.

See also:
-Marijuana Legalization Supported by More Than Half of Arizonans, Poll Says
-Marijuana Policy Project Plans Arizona Legalization Measure for 2016

Susquehanna Polling and Research's poll today says 60 percent of the voters it surveyed oppose legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Just 36 percent support it, the poll says.

The survey results say:
A 60-36 margin against legalization of marijuana shows fairly broad based opposition to the idea including opposition by a majority of Republicans (75%) and Democrats (51%) while Independents split equally 47-47. Senior citizens oppose legalization 71-28, which is a critical constituency all politicians will not want to alienate. Clearly, the legalization of marijuana is opposed by almost all demographic groups and even slightly opposed among Democrats in the state. Only independent voters particularly in the Pima [County] area . . . might be open to the issue but even among them the issue is basically tied.
A couple of notes: Susquehanna readily admits on its website that it only does polls for political candidates who are Republicans. In Pennsylvania, where the company is based, it found President Obama and Mitt Romney tied in the state, three days before Election Day. Obama won by more than 5 percentage points, and every other poll in the state conducted within two weeks of the election found Obama leading by between 3 and 6 percentage points.

With all of that said, back in May, a Behavior Research Center poll found that 56 percent of the people it surveyed were in favor of legalizing marijuana in Arizona.

(A note on that: Although polling guru Nate Silver has said that the Behavior Research Center "has had good results in the past," it was the only polling firm to find Obama leading Romney at any point in Arizona in 2012, including a month before the election. Romney won the state very easily, by more than 9 percentage points.)

Then there's the third poll, from Public Policy Polling, which found at the beginning of the year that nearly 60 percent of the Arizonans it surveyed supported marijuana legalization.

Keeping with our accuracy comparisons with 2012 presidential election results, Public Policy Polling, although it does polling for Democrats, was hailed for its accuracy during that election.

Although there's an effort to gather the signatures to put marijuana legalization on the Arizona ballot next year, the effort lacks a major funding source, so it's unlikely that there actually will be a vote on the issue in the near future.

However, the national group that backed Arizona's medical-marijuana law plans to support a legalization effort here in 2016.

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frank124c
frank124c topcommenter

Pot has medicinal properties and should be legalized! The politicians had the smarts to legalize alcohol and now they need the smarts to legalize pot. Think of the taxes that could be collected!

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

I don't want kids to have easy access. I don't want an entire industry handed to the cartels and criminals. I'd have to be delusional to think that prohibition serves anyone else but the criminals. Yes to legalization!

Shane Baker
Shane Baker

Bruce Salvage your math is off a little bro. Well a lot even in your own post. Lol YOU PEOPLE !

Marcus Conley
Marcus Conley

Unless you like the idea of huge corporations controlling your supply, a decriminalized grey market might be better than full-on legalization.

Zonal Rick
Zonal Rick

Federal Government is blowing loads of money by not legalizing & taxing, states as well.! Plus, all the $ they are wasting on "The Stupid War On Drugs" all these years! Our elected government official are way behind the times and don't deserve to lead or make decisions anymore, most politicians are clueless and bought and paid for by corporations, greedy money tycoons, etc...WAKE UP IDIOTS. +++ It could stop much of the world violence as well. :-)

trangen
trangen

You don't have to legalize it, JUST STOP CRIMINALIZING it.

Jennifer Staude Blair
Jennifer Staude Blair

If you read the article, it shouldn't be about funding as the reason why it's not on ballot, if people want to vote either way it should be put on regardless of money! It's no different that alcohol and cigs! Our country is so messed up!

logicman
logicman

Looks like when we get these senior citizens to die off we'll be in good shape

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

It's actually hilarious that you dumb fucks use meth. Haha

Greg ßennẹtt
Greg ßennẹtt

Obviously a know-nothing piece of shit to think joking about meth is funny.

Eric Moreno
Eric Moreno

I'm all for legalization but we need to be careful not to tax it too high and price it out of the market. If legal pot is too expensive then people will still buy on the black market.

Morgan Gorby
Morgan Gorby

If alcohol and cigarettes are legal... Then marijuana should be too.

Brandon Brian
Brandon Brian

Drink beer drive an kill some one Or order pizza play video games an watch a movie Hummm Ill smoke pot

Michael Gianni Giannantonio
Michael Gianni Giannantonio

I want to say no because I hate to see people hurting themselves. Anymore I say...legalize the shit! Tax the hell out of it and reduce the size of the police forces, jails and prisons!!!!

Kris Hink
Kris Hink

Legalize it and concentrate on other things. Prohibition never works unless your in the business of building prisons. Jan Brewer is in bed with companies who build these places. Take the profit out of arresting non violent citizens.

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

spoke like the typical prohibitionist A hole this state pumps out.

Jerry Cardenas
Jerry Cardenas

Yes! Legalize it. If people are free to get drunk? Why aren't they free to smoke a joint?

Michael Muetzenberg
Michael Muetzenberg

Legalize it. Instead of doctors giving opiates and anti-depressants to ppl and turning them into junkies... Give em a med card for weed.

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

You people are 20 years behind the times,Always have been.Im near seattle where its legal and the most youll get for even smoking it outside in public view is a $27 fine..thats it..Heck weve had medical mar for 5 years..

bob420
bob420

danny king - the question is not "why give them pot." the questions is "why restrict someones freedom to do what they want when it isn't harming anyone else in any way whatsoever?" Pot was given to us by god and you really gotta be a complete bigot to say that I shouldn't be able to use it (in ANY way recreationally or otherwise) just because you choose not to do so yourself.




...p.s. phoenix newtimes you should be informing readers that the MPP which backed the medical marijuana initiative, were being sneaky and screwing over the patients of AZ for the benefit of the dispensaries (no doubt they received lots of funding from potential dispensary owners of the time and were swayed to formulate the law to work out in their favor). hence the reason for the incredibly stupid, illogical, and unfair 25 mile rule. whatever they have in the works for 2016 you can guarantee that we, the people, are not their top priority. it's all about money to them, too. just like any two-faced politician or political group

Danny King
Danny King

Americans have proven time and again that they can't handle their liquor, why give them something else to impair their judgment?

Rowdy Lee
Rowdy Lee

Pro choice. Our prisons should not hold non-violent offenders.

Teresa Wyatt
Teresa Wyatt

do it & let them pay the states debts off with the tax on it!

Robert Perez
Robert Perez

Or get high and plow through a bag of funyuns

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

We need to legalize Meth so all you douche bags can shut up, lose your teeth and shut up again.

Nicolet Davis
Nicolet Davis

I dont care either way. I dont do it but don't mind that others do.

Derr Dippity
Derr Dippity

all these sober republican catholic-luciferians and their football teams need to be rounded up and hauled off to FEMA camps

Ed Eastin Jr
Ed Eastin Jr

That is the most awesome thing I have read all night lol

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@trangen While I agree with your second coment, decriminalization is a bad idea, since that does not make it legal and you can still go to jail for it.


Legalization says 'it's legal', decriminalization simply says it's not illegal and places it into an extremely gray area.

trangen
trangen

Stop sending people to jail and prosecution for possession or smoking it. The only way to do that is to legalize it, Join Washington and Colorado states. 


No one has ever died from Cannabis over dose or a Cannabis DUI. 


Alcohol is the gateway drug not Cannabis.

NOPEUDOPE
NOPEUDOPE

won't happen.  Legalization is just another ploy for taxation and regulation without representation.  Just as the tobacco taxes, the state lottery, the tribal gaming and everything else they dream up and approve have not improved our healthcare or education system, the money from MMJ will just be siphoned for the fat cats and their fake reform programs.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @trangen  Flyer.  When I lived in a place it was decriminalized (back in the 70's) it was something like a $5 fine for having up to 1/4 POUND of pot, and I never knew of anyone getting busted.  You'd see people outside at a coffee place smoking a joint.  And yes, this was in the US!


They could still bust folks with a truck load, but didn't bother with "personal use" at all.

trangen
trangen

@Flyer9753@trangenWe'll what I meant is there are LOTS and I mean lots of non-violent people in jail for weed or cannabis. 


They just need to stop prosecuting BUT If legalization performs the same thing I'm fine with that. But legalization takes time, some one needs to write the bill and it has to pass State Senate and Assembly. 


But stop criminalization means law enforcement and District Attorneys aka Prosecutors just need to stop taking those cases and dismiss them. 


Here the will of the people must prevail because the "drug war" is a failure. 


The U.S. Gov't is the biggest dealer, using troops in Afghan to guard poppie fields and help transport them to the west. 


Plus the Fast & Furious U.S. Gov't gun running through straw buyers for Mexico drug was another scam.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@WhoKnows @Flyer9753 @trangen Oh I agree, the problem is that decriminalization is often just that, decriminalized but done wrong.


Decriminalization simply means it's not a law enforcement priority. You can still be arrested and jailed for small quantity or not, it's up to the officer and such.


Legalized says it's ok.


Oregon is decriminalized and it works there because it was done correctly by a governor that also took funds away from enforcement and so on. Also because they are not a border state


Let's look at AZ's history.. you really think that would work here? Hell, it would be like taking what little leash there is on our out of control cops and prosecutors off.



Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@trangen @Flyer9753 I agree with everything you are saying regarding MJ and it's lack of harm and obvious benefits as well as the number of people who have had their lives ruined because of the failed war on drugs, especially cannabis, which is not a war on drugs, but actually a profit protection mechanism


I'm not going to get into the problems with the US Govt., scams and so on.


I'm just saying that pushing for decriminalization is NOT a good idea as it will actually create many more problems than it will solve or than we have in this regards now (some of which you have already mentioned)


Even is it is decriminalized, cops can and will arrest, prosecutors can and will still prosecute, etc... 


You are right, the will of the people should prevail and once people get informed about the truths regarding cannabis, they overwhelmingly speak loud and clear for full legalization.

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