In a poll released this morning, Quinnipiac found support among Virginia voters for medical marijuana to be 84%, although that support does not extend to recreational use:
Support for legalizing marijuana for personal use is 46 percent, with 48 percent opposed. Democrats support the measure 58 – 35 percent, with Republicans opposed 68 – 27 percent and independent voters divided 47 – 47 percent. Men support it 52 – 43 percent while women oppose it 51 – 42 percent. Voters 18 to 29 years old support legalizing marijuana for personal use 71 – 26 percent, with support dropping through the age groups. Voters over 65 years old are opposed 66 – 24 percent.
I’m a little surprised that the recreational use vote is that close. I would have thought far more would be opposed. Maybe it’s because …
Only 39 percent of Virginia voters, including 46 percent of voters under 30 years old, admit that they ever have tried marijuana.
… some folks aren’t telling the truth? 🙂
The poll also shows that support for marriage equality has hit 50%:
With strong support from women, Virginia voters favor 50 – 42 percent allowing same- sex couple to get married in the Commonwealth. Support is 54 – 38 percent among women while men are divided with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.
Support for same-sex marriage is 69 – 22 percent among Democrats and 52 – 42 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 70 – 23 percent.
Voters under 30 years old support it 69 – 25 percent, with support at 50 percent or higher among voters 30 to 64 years old. Voters over 65 are opposed 56 – 35 percent.
If you missed it, the first briefs were filed Friday in the ongoing case against Virginia’s marriage ban. One of the first articles I read was this one, which offers an interesting new argument from the attorney representing Norfolk’s Clerk of Court, George Schaefer:
If the traditional definition of marriage is changed, it leads to some strange places, the brief argues.
“Then what is the purpose in prohibiting marriage between persons of close kinship?” it asks. “Would it then be unconstitutional for two brothers who are confirmed bachelors and live together to marry so that they could own property as tenants by the entireties, file joint tax returns, qualify for health benefits, and obtain better insurance rates? Certainly these brothers have the capacity to form a long-term loving and lasting relationship.”
The AP story leaves that little tidbit out. (The AP story is also confusing: each of the clerks has their own attorneys. )
The poll is an interesting snapshot into the minds of Virginia’s voters.