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Poll Reveals Majority of New Yorkers Favor Medicinal Marijuana

Update Date: May 26, 2014 10:32 AM EDT
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A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University located in Connecticut interviewed people about their stance on medicinal marijuana. The results revealed that the majority of New Yorkers still support legalizing the medical use of the substance even though the percentage fell slightly from February's number.

"Politically, Republicans are against it 69 to 28, Democrats for it 62 to 12," poll director Maurice Carroll reported by CBS New York.

The poll reached 1,129 New York voters and was carried out from May 14 through to May 19. The researchers found that in the most recent poll, 83 percent of New Yorkers were in favor of medicinal marijuana. This rate was lower than the 88 percent calculated in February. 15 percent of the people interviewed stated that they were opposed to legalizing the drug for medical purposes.

The poll also asked people whether or not they support the legalization of recreational marijuana. Overall, 51 percent of the adults stated that they support one's personal use of small amounts of marijuana and 44 percent did not agree. The researchers found that men and adults under the age of 34 supported legalizing recreational marijuana. Women and adults over the age of 55, however, did not like the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana.

"The age gap on the question of recreational marijuana is not surprising: Young voters want it by large margins, while older voters say no. So it's just a matter of time, unless young voters grow more conservative with age," Carroll said. "The gender, with men in favor and women opposed, is interesting."

When asked about whether or not they would support a medical marijuana dispensary opening in their town or city, 62 percent were not opposed to the idea whereas 34 percent did not like it.

The complete poll results can be found here.

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