Poll says Pa. voters support legalization of medical marijuana, same-sex marriage

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The legalization of medical marijuana and a law allowing same-sex couples to marry have support of Pennsylvania voters, a poll released this morning says.

The Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters across the state shows that voters support medical use of marijuana by 85-14 percent. Voters over 65 years old support medical marijuana by 84-14 percent, the poll said.

Voters are divided on the legalization of possession of "small amounts of marijuana for personal use," the poll found. Although 48 percent of voters support legalization of marijuana for recreational use, 49 percent are against it.

"Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a press release.

The poll shows some gender, partisan and age differences. Men support recreational use of marijuana by 55-42 percent, while women are opposed by 54-42 percent. Democrats support it by 58 - 39 percent, independent voters support it by 53 - 44 percent and Republicans oppose it by 66-31 percent. Voters between 18 to 29 years old support it by 64-34 percent, and voters over 65 oppose it by 66-29 percent.

The poll also shows that state voters support by 57-37 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry.

The poll shows that there are partisan, gender and age differences:

• Democrats support same-sex marriage by 74 - 22 percent; independent voters support it by 58-35 percent among and Republicans oppose it by 59-36 percent;

• Men support same-sex marriage by 53-41 percent, while women support it by 60-34 percent;

• Voters that are 18 to 29 years old support same-sex marriage 80 - 15 percent, while voters over 65 years old are divided, with 44 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

From Feb. 19 through Feb. 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered voters in Pennsylvania with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers called land lines and cell phones.

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