Overwhelming Majority of Iowans Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis
According to the poll, 78% of Iowans support legalizing medical cannabis. This marks an incredibly impressive 20% increase since 2013.
Support was strong among both major parties as well as independents. 66% of Republicans say they support medical cannabis legalization, compared to 87% for Democrats, and 79% for independents.
Support was highest among those under 35, with 87% in support, and lowest among those 65 and older, though a strong majority still supports the move at 68%.
Unfortunately respondents were opposed to legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes, with 34% in support, a 5% increase from 2013.
The Iowa Poll, conducted Feb. 21-24 for The Des Moines Register and Mediacom by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, is based on telephone interviews with 804 Iowans ages 18 or older, with responses adjusted by age, sex and congressional district to reflect the general population based on recent census data. Questions based on the sample of 804 Iowa adults have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.