Monday, December 9, 2013

Legalizing weed and same-sex marriage

Colorado, in 2012, legalized marijuana.  Earlier in 2013, the state also legalized same-sex civil unions. But many Coloradans want to go to the next step and legalize same-sex marriages. According to a new poll in Public Policy Polling, the two may have more in common, than you think, at first glance.

Let's take a look at how Coloradans feel about the legalization of marijuana.

Legal
Illegal
Not sure
53
38
9

Almost identical numbers are found when you look at how Coloradans feel about same-sex marriage.

Allowed
Not allowed
Not sure
53
39
8

I'll mention, just briefly, that fully 80% of Coloradans believe that same-sex couples should have legal recognition of their relationship, either in the form of marriage or civil unions.

But let's look to see who makes up these majorities for favoring the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage.

First, we'll look at who they voted for in 2012.

Marijuana:



Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Someone else/Not sure
Legal
71
33
61
Illegal
20
59
33
Not sure
9
8
8

Same-sex marriage:


Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Someone else/Not sure
Allowed
81
25
42
Not allowed
13
67
31
Not sure
5
8
27


That's not as close, as I'd thought it would be, but let's see if there's a closer cross-tab out there.

Ideology is not a good predictor, in this case.

Marijuana


Very liberal
Somewhat liberal
Moderate
Somewhat conservative
Very conservative
Legal
76
72
55
43
24
Illegal
20
22
33
47
69
Not sure
4
6
12
10
7

Same-sex marriage:


Very liberal
Somewhat liberal
Moderate
Somewhat conservative
Very conservative
Allowed
93
82
57
36
9
Not allowed
7
13
32
55
81
Not sure
-
5
11
9
10

Men, as we see in the next charts like getting high, but still somewhat afraid of same-sex marriage.  Men are, generally, less supportive of same-sex marriage than women, nationwide.

Here's how the gender difference affects opinions on marijuana:

Man
Woman
Legal
55
51
Illegal
39
38
Not sure
6
11
Same-sex marriage:


Man
Woman
Allowed
48
57
Not allowed
42
36
Not sure
10
7
I'm skipping a couple of cross-tabs, to drop down to age.  Unfortunately, Public Policy Polling does not do a great job varying between ages, here.  We see what we see in almost every poll done on same-sex marriage, younger voters support it more often than older voters.  But, we see basically the same support for marijuana legalization amongst youngsters as we do for same sex marriage. 

Marijuana:


18-45
46-65
Older than 65
Legal
64
50
38
Illegal
31
40
49
Not sure
5
10
14

Same-sex marriage:


18-45
46-65
Older than 65
Allowed
60
52
41
Not allowed
32
41
47
Not sure
7
6
13

The strongest correlation between the cross-tabs, is pretty clearly age.  This is not that surprising but something to consider as we continue policies, nationwide.
  

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