Results of the newest George Washington University Battleground Poll, released this week, have found voters are much more likely to turn out at the polls if cannabis legalization is on the ballot.
From March 16th to March 20th, pollsters surveyed 1,000 registered, likely voters across the U.S. from every demographic. Participants were asked a variety of questions, including whether they support legalizing medical cannabis in their state, whether they would support the decriminalization of cannabis possession in their state, and if they would be more likely to vote in an election if a cannabis legalization initiative was on the ballot.
Results were overall very positive, with a large majority in support of medical cannabis becoming available in their state (73%), as well as a majority supporting decriminalization (53%).
Along with general support for cannabis reform, surveyors found 69% of respondents reported being more likely to participate in the voting process if cannabis legalization is an option. 13% of participants replied that they would be less likely to vote if cannabis legalization were on the ballot.
These data offer a promising outlook for future elections featuring cannabis law reform initiatives, and highlight the public’s urge to affect change.
The pollsters summed up the results by saying, “On the electoral front, one thing is clear: Americans continue to become more open to proposals to change marijuana laws.”