A new Quinnipiac poll released Monday revealed that an overwhelming majority – 88 percent – of New York voters support legalizing medical marijuana, with only nine percent opposed. Additionally, a majority of New Yorkers support legalizing recreational pot – 57 percent to 39 percent.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,488 registered New York State voters in early February. The demographic breakdown was somewhat predictable; voters 18 to 29 years of age backed legal recreational pot 83 percent to just 14 percent, while voters over 65 opposed it 57 percent to 38 percent. Males were much more likely to support outright legalization than women – 63 percent to 51 percent.
Only 46 percent of polled voters admitted to smoking pot with 51 percent claiming they have never tried marijuana.
When it comes to Governor Cuomo’s medical pot policies, the results are less definitive. Forty-one percent favor the governor’s plan, 31 percent disapprove and 28 percent are unsure.
Additionally, New Yorkers reject the “gateway theory” as 52 percent surveyed don’t believe pot leads to harder drugs.
The poll also addressed the “pot vs. booze” discussion recently articulated by President Obama. Forty-five percent of NY voters believe they’re equally dangerous while 36 percent feel pot is less harmful. Only 13 percent of voters polled believe weed is more dangerous than alcohol.