- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A newspaper’s statewide poll of likely voters finds that a proposal to legalize marijuana in New Mexico could face tough going if a measure was placed on the ballot.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that 50 percent of the respondents to its poll were opposed to Colorado-style legalization while 44 percent supported the idea. Half of the rest they had mixed feelings, while the other half wouldn’t say or said they didn’t know.

The poll’s margin of error was 4.4 percentage points. The poll was conducted Sept. 9-11 and was based on telephone interviews with 500 people who voted in the 2010 and 2012 elections and who said they would likely vote again this year.

The poll question was: “Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in New Mexico, with a tax and regulation system, similar to Colorado?”

A proposed constitutional amendment was introduced in this year’s legislative session but didn’t emerge from the Legislature.

In the Journal poll, majorities of both men and women opposed legalization.

Among the Democratic voters polled, 55 percent supported legalization, while only 29 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of independents did.

Among young voters, those between 18 and 34, 67 percent supported legalization, while only 28 percent of people 65 and over supported it.

“One of the more interesting things we see here is age and political party are the biggest predictors of public opinion on the marijuana issue,” said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling President, the firm that conducted the poll.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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