Democrats and young voters say yes, Republicans and older voters not there yet
LANSING, Mich. – Fifty-one percent of likely Michigan voters say they would support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use if it were to be regulated and taxed like alcohol, while 45 percent oppose the idea according to the latest statewide poll conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG).
The strongest support comes from self-identified Democrats and voters under the age of 40, while self-identified Republicans and voters 65-years and older are much less supportive of legalization.
“While attitudes toward marijuana may be mellowing, most Republican voters and those 65 and older are still not ready to legalize it,” said Tom Shields, President of MRG. “Maybe support for the legalization of marijuana would continue to grow if they suggested using pot taxes to fill the pot holes. I would not be surprised to see a successful ballot proposal within the next few years.”
Geographically, the strongest support came from the Suburban Wayne County area (57 percent support, 41 percent oppose) and Macomb County (52 percent approve, 40 percent oppose). The City of Detroit (44 percent support, 50 percent oppose), West Michigan (48 percent support, 46 percent oppose), and the Tri-City Thumb area (49 percent support, 48 percent oppose) are split on the issue and voters in the Upper Peninsula (26 percent support, 69 percent oppose) oppose the idea.
The actual wording of the question is listed below:
Would you support or oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use if it was regulated and taxed like alcohol? [IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE, ASK:] Would that be strongly [SUPPORT/OPPOSE] or just somewhat [SUPPORT/OPPOSE]?
Strongly Support: 36%
Somewhat Support: 15%
Neither (VOLUNTEERED): 2%
Somewhat Oppose: 9%
Strongly Oppose: 37%
Don’t Know: 2%
TOTAL SUPPORT: 51%
TOTAL OPPOSE: 46%
MRG Michigan Poll Spring 2015
The survey of 600 likely Michigan voters was conducted by live interview April 13-17, 2015. The sample was randomly drawn from a listed sample of all registered voters with a history of voting and stratified by city and township to reflect voter turnout. In addition, quotas for gender and cell phone interviews were met within each geographic area, and extra efforts were made to reach African Americans. Thirty percent of the interviews were conducted with cell phone only or cell phone dominate households.
A sample of 600 likely voters in Michigan yields a sampling margin of error of ±4 percent with a 95 percent confidence interval. The sampling margin of error for subgroups may be higher depending on the size of the subgroup.
About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. (www.mrgmi.com) is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.