While there has been much gruff among California’s marijuana community over whether to get behind a controversial ballot measure seeking to legalize a statewide cannabis trade, a new poll indicates that the measure still has enough strength to become law.
According to a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, the recreational marijuana initiative (Proposition 64) backed by billionaire entrepreneur Sean Parker is now supported by 58 percent of the voting public. Only 34 percent of those who participated in the survey said that they would not be voting in favor of legal weed this November.
Interestingly, the poll indicates a rather solid following regardless of the respondent’s demographics – a possible indication that no one ethnic group will have the power to deter the effort in 2016, as some reports have suggested.
Perhaps the most relevant aspect of the latest survey is its consistency with a number of others that show that California voters have progressed on the issue of recreational marijuana despite more than 53 percent rejecting Proposition 19 six years ago.
“It’s very clear that Californians’ attitudes have changed dramatically on this issue over the last several years,” survey director Dan Schnur told The Times. “The opposition is going to have to identify a fairly sizable source of campaign funding if this initiative is to be close.”
Polling experts attribute this shift in public opinion to all of the marijuana legalization efforts that have taken place across the nation over the past few years –putting more people at ease about the sky not falling by allowing adults to smoke weed just for fun.
The poll, which was overseen by SurveyMonkey, shows Proposition 64 has more support from men than women. Sixty-two percent of the male respondents said they would support the measure, while only 55 percent of their female counterparts agreed they would do the same.
Most of the respondent said they earned less than $50,000 per year, but yet there was still an impressive number (57 percent) of supporters who reported an annual income of more than $100,000.
The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll was compiled using the data from 1,879 respondents during the first week of September 2016. It comes with a 3 percent margin of error.