Poll: Majority of New Yorkers Support Marijuana Legalization

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/17 2014 05:00PM

Updated 02/17 2014 05:17PM

HAMDEN, Conn. - A Quinnipiac University poll found that a majority of New Yorkers support marijuana legalization. 

A press release says 88% of New York voters support legalizing medical marijuana. Fifty-seven percent support legalizing small amounts of marijuana. 

“Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun.  But a slim plurality don't think legalization has been good for Colorado's reputation,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The Quinnipiac University poll also found younger voters (83% among 18-29 year olds) supported legalization of marijuana more than older voters (57% among 65+). Fifty-one percent of men supported legalization, while 44% of women supported legalizing marijuana. 

The poll surveyed 1,488 New York voters via land line phones and cell phones. The margin of error for the poll was +/- 2.5 percentage points. 

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