Majority Of Californians Favor Legalization Of Pot, A First

While opinions remain stable on health care reform, the poll showed significant movement in Californians’ views on  legalization of marijuana.

A survey of 1,703 adults conducted by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, released Wednesday night, was conducted through telephone interviews over land lines and cellphones from Sept. 10-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.

It found that, for the first time, a majority of adults (52 percent) favors legalization of marijuana.  Among likely voters, support is even higher, at 60 percent.

The poll, which comes about a year after voters in Colorado and Washington approved legalization, shows that Californians now view the issue more favorably than in 2010, when an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use was rejected here. Support was at 45 percent in March 2012, the last time PPIC pollsters asked the question.

On marijuana, opinions are most sharply divided along ethnic lines, with 63 percent of whites in favor of legalization, and 62 percent of Latinos opposed.

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