Brief: New Poll Shows Majority of Delaware Residents Want Marijuana Legalization

A new University of Delaware poll has shown that a majority of voters in Delaware — one of the next target states for marijuana advocates — approve of legalizing recreational marijuana. The numbers indicate that 56% of Delaware citizens are in favor, with 39% opposed.

The poll was conducted from September 10 – 22.

Generally, support for legalization was shown to be extremely popular among younger residents, with nearly 70% of people under 30 years old in favor; meanwhile, the only demographic groups with strong trends of opposition were self-identified conservatives and citizens aged 60 and older. Only 39% of self-identified conservatives approved legalization, though 73% of self-identified liberals were in favor of such legislation.

The University polled 902 residents selected from all three of the state’s counties, and the general trend of support seems unhindered by geographic boundaries.

“I would say the numbers suggest solid support for fully legalizing marijuana in Delaware,” said poll supervisor and political communications professor Paul Brewer. “The results also reflect what’s going on in public opinion at the national level, where the trends show a growing majority favoring legalization.”

State Senator Bryan Townsend, who approves of legalization, commented, “I hope this is a wake-up call to the General Assembly that a majority of Delawareans support us moving in this direction.”

Sources:

http://hemp.org/news/node/4159

Photo Credit: Brett Levin

 

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