New York is considered one of the most progressive states in the union. But not when it comes to marijuana legalization, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.
The survey found that only 35 percent of New York State voters want to legalize marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent want to legalize marijuana for medical use only and 19 percent say marijuana should not be legal.
If personal use of marijuana were legal in New York, 62 percent of voters say they definitely would not use it, the poll found. There is also a huge divide when the numbers are broken down by gender and age. The Quinnipiac poll says 43 percent of men and 27 percent of women favor marijuana legalization. Support for personal use is 43 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old, 40 percent among voters 35 to 54 years old and 29 percent among voters over 55 years old.
Political party affiliation also confirmed that more Democrats favor legalizing weed than Republicans do. Support is 21 percent among Republicans, 37 percent among Democrats and 39 percent among independent voters.
Support for medicinal use only, now legal in New York State, is 34 percent among men, 53 percent among women, 46 percent each among Republicans and Democrats and 43 percent among independent voters.
“Almost all New Yorkers favor the use of medical marijuana, but many voters want to stop there. Just under a fifth would ban it completely and 44 percent say medical marijuana only,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. “Almost two-thirds of New Yorkers say they would definitely decline to puff the stuff themselves and only 4 percent say they definitely would inhale.”