A SurveyUSA poll released last week found that 62% of Missouri adults believe cannabis should be legalized in the state, with 25% opposed and 13% unsure. The reforms were most popular among Democrats with 76% in favor and 14% opposed.
Nearly half of Republicans surveyed (49%) supported the reforms, with 38% opposed. Sixty-six percent of independent voters backed legalization, with 20% opposed.
Legalization was more popular among the 18- to 49-year-olds surveyed, with 71% in favor, 18% opposed, and 11% unsure; 53% of respondents older than 50 supported the reforms, with 31% opposed and 15% unsure.
Legalization was equally popular among both White and Black Missourians, with 62% in favor, while 27% of White people surveyed were opposed, with 11% unsure. Fourteen percent of Black people opposed the reforms with 23% unsure.
Among respondents who considered themselves “very conservative,” support for legalization was measured at 40%, with 51% opposed and 9% unsure. Among self-described liberals, support for the reforms was highest at 79%, with 11% opposed and 10% unsure. Among moderates, 67% supported legalization with 18% opposed and 14% unsure, while 53% of conservatives were in favor, with 32% opposed and 15% unsure.
The poll included 2,175 Missouri adults and was conducted online from May 11 through May 15. It included 1,782 registered voters.
Earlier this month, Legal Missouri, the campaign spearheading legalization efforts in the state submitted signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office hoping to put the issue to voters in November.
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