Bill O’Reilly must have not liked the early results of his website’s marijuana poll. Yesterday, The Cannabist and several media outlets reported 90 percent of the respondents to the unscientific online survey favored legalizing marijuana. Some 65,000-plus people allegedly answered the following question: “There is momentum behind the move to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Where do you stand?”
Respondents were given two possible answers: “It should be legal, like alcohol” and “Dangerous idea with many unintended consequences.”
From The Cannabist:
When we last checked O’Reilly’s poll on July 30, 90 percent of the 65,000-plus respondents voted pro-legalization, “like alcohol,” with all 50 states voting in unity — not likely the response O’Reilly’s team was hoping for.
Indeed. O’Reilly remains a staunch marijuana opponent despite a fair number of legitimate marijuana-opinion polls in the past year consistently showing a majority of Americans are pro-legalization. The ultra-conservative Fox News host recently rebutted a New York Times editorial advocating for an end to pot prohibition.
On his website, O’Reilly recently wrote:
The legalization of marijuana still full of unintended consequence; sends a signal to children that drug use is an acceptable part of life. That’s big.
The “Times” says marijuana is not a gate way drug. That it does not lead to other drug use that is false. According to a recent study by the Yale School of Medicine, adolescents who use pot or alcohol are three times more likely to abuse hard drugs than children who do not use intoxicants.
As for the poor precincts in America, does it make any sense at all to make intoxicants more available in those places?
Today, a cursory check of O’Reilly’s website shows the number of respondents was winnowed down to 40,864, changing the results too. Ultimately only 65 percent of the poll takers favored legalization and two states, Nevada and Wyoming, emerged as marijuana haters. Say what? Maybe ole Billy’s security measures detected some bots and repeat voters.
Still, 65 percent is still a sizable majority. O’Reilly better get with the times.