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Age Matters When it Comes to Support for Recreational Marijuana Use in CT

The findings of a new Quinnipiac Poll also reveal a gender divide when it comes to the issue of marijuana.

Do you support the recreational use of marijuana in Connecticut? Photo Credit: DEA
Do you support the recreational use of marijuana in Connecticut? Photo Credit: DEA

The younger you are, the more likely it is that you support recreational marijuana use in Connecticut, according to the results of a Quinnipiac Poll released Monday.

On a whole, based on poll results, a slight majority of residents — 52 percent to 45 percent — support "allowing adults ... to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use."

And nearly half of poll respondents, 47 percent, said they have tried marijuana.

On the question of so-called recreational marijuana use, Quinnipiac says voters 18 to 29 years old support the idea 80 percent to 20 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 61 percent to 34 percent. 

The poll also broke it down by gender and reveals that men back recreational marijuana 54 percent to 42 percent, but women are pretty much divided, with 49 percent supporting it and 48 percent agains it.

There really was no question about where Connecticut voters stand on the issue of medical use of marijuana — 90 percent support it compared to 9 percent against it, according to poll results. Breaking that down, Quinnipiac says support ranges from 84 percent among voters over 65 years old to 99 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old. A majority of voters (69 – 28 percent) support having a medical marijuana dispensary in their town or city, the poll says.

Quinnipiac's poll also shed light on people's attitudes about marijuana, including:

  • 61 percent of voters say alcohol is more harmful to a person’s health, while 16 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 18 percent say both are harmful.
  • If marijuana were more widely available, 55 percent of voters say alcohol would be more harmful to society, while 28 percent say marijuana would be more harmful.
  • Legalizing marijuana would lead to more underage use, voters say 59 – 37 percent.

“A slight majority of Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, with huge age and party gaps," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "While 90 percent support the current law allowing medical marijuana, support drops to 69 percent who would want a medical marijuana dispensary in their town.” 

Voters' Stance on Other Social Issues

From May 1 through May 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,668 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.  

Your Stance?

Do you support the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana?


Philip June 03, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Bob you're being ridiculous - by your logic lets ban all vehicles because some people are reckless with them. Dumb.
Bob Cerani June 03, 2014 at 07:30 PM
No you are not getting it. And you must be a pot smoker.which tells me I won't be able to get through to you at all, yeah lets ban all cars, but let me just say this , If you legalize pot,which it seems all you young folks want, then there are going to be a hell of a lot more people smoking and doing it in public, look what's happening in Colorado and Washington State. To me that is a danger to everyone driving a car. Don't you agree? You know, the younger folks don't have the ability to understand the danger in driving under the influance.They just go ahead and do it and suffer the consequences later. All I'm saying is don't drive and smoke or drink because for sure the police will get a call from me, I've done it.
Blue state Blues June 04, 2014 at 05:57 AM
Studies have been done on this.tested drivers who they had drink alcohol,another group smoked pot and a third group did neither. The pot smokers did just as good driving as the sober drivers.
Philip June 04, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Bob - no I don't get it because you have no logic - just paranoia. Why is pot any worse than liquor? Right way is to raise the driving age and stiffen penalties. If you're worried about the reckless and irresponsible, THEY are the ones who are using it right now - law or no law. So how are you dealing with it now?
Bob Cerani June 05, 2014 at 12:01 PM
That's right those irresponsible are the ones I am worried about, and I will deal with them. Pot and liquor are of no use to anyone who uses it in excess. I'm not paranoid,just don't want anyone hurt, but again you can't see that.

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