Andrew Sullivan links to polling that shows strong support for legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington, where referendums on the question are on the ballot in November. In Colorado, just over 50% of likely voters say they’ll vote for the bill:
The poll found that the measure, Amendment 64, has the support of 51 percent of likely voters surveyed, compared with 40 percent opposed. Men favor the measure more than women, a common gender split on the issue. But 49 percent of women polled said they support the measure, compared with 39 percent who said they are opposed.
Across every income bracket and in every age group except those 65 and older, more voters told pollsters they support the measure than oppose it, though some of the leads fall within the 4-percentage-point margin of error. Voters younger than 35 support the measure by a margin of 30 percentage points, 61 percent to 31 percent, according to the poll.
I think that last part is important. As with most issues, older voters are more resistant to change than younger voters, which means even if this initiative fails this time, it’s more likely to pass in the future. And the numbers are even better in Washington:
A new poll just released by SurveyUSA, shows Washington State’s Initiative 502 is maintaining its commanding lead heading into November. The latest survey data has likely voters in Washington supporting I-502 by a large margin, 57% of respondents stated they planned on voting yes, 34% said they would vote no, and 9% are undecided.
I hope this is the start of a real trend.