A newly released George Washington University Battleground poll of likely voters revealed that almost four out of every ten respondents indicated they’d be “much more likely” to vote if marijuana legalization measures are on the ballot. Another 30 percent opined that pot initiatives would make them “somewhat more likely” to vote.
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake expressed optimism over those figures because Republican voters generally outnumber Democrats at the ballot in non-election years.
Lake interjected humor with her enthusiasm: "[This] is why you can imagine we're very excited about our marijuana numbers in this poll, not only for personal consumption to get through this election, but in terms of turnout."
Still, the survey reported that 64 percent of Republicans said they were “extremely likely” to vote in 2014, compared with 57 percent of Democrats. Thirty-six percent of younger voters, who tend to be Democrats, opined they’d be “extremely likely” to vote.
Overall, 73 percent of voters support the legalization of medical marijuana, while 53 percent are in favor of decriminalizing personal possession.
Lake added: "What's really interesting and, I think, a totally unwritten story is that everyone talks about marriage equality hitting a tipping point [of acceptance]. Marijuana is hitting the tipping point. It's really astounding about how fast it's moved.”