Survey USA Poll Gives California Marijuana Initiative Ten Point Lead

Support for Proposition 19, California’s Tax and Regulate Cannabis marijuana legalization initiative is at 50% in the latest Survey USA poll, which was released today. The figure is unchanged from last month’s Survey USA poll.

Some 40% of respondents opposed the initiative, which would allow Californians 21 or over to possess up to an ounce of weed and to grow up to 25 square feet worth. The initiative would also give counties and municipalities the local option of permitting, taxing, and regulating marijuana sales and cultivation.

Survey USA contacted 1,000 adult Californians, found 837 of them registered to vote, and polled 602 of them it considered most likely to vote. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.1%

This poll is in line with other recent polls, including one we reported on earlier this week that had support for a general marijuana legalization question at 51%. Like other recent telephone polls, today’s Survey USA poll shows higher levels of support for legalization than the face-to-face polls, suggesting that some potential voters are reluctant to say they support a controversial idea like legalization, but may do so in the privacy of the voting booth.

Support for Prop 19 was stronger among men (55%) than women (45%), stronger among people under 50 (55%) than over (45%), and stronger among Democrats (60%) and independents (53%) than Republicans (36%). Prop 19 garnered majority support from blacks (54%) and whites (51%), but not Hispanics (45%) or Asians (44%).

Not particularly surprisingly, support for legalization correlates with support for liberal positions on other social issues. More than three-quarters (76%) of people who described themselves as liberals supported Prop 19, while only 27% of conservatives did. Nearly two-thirds of people who oppose the Tea Party (64%) and support abortion rights (65%) said they would vote for Prop 19. But the measure also won majority support from both gun owners (54%) and non-gun owners (51%).

Geographically, the poll showed the strongest support for Prop 19 in the Greater Los Angeles area (56%) and the San Francisco Bay area (53%). Support dropped under 50% in the Central Valley (45%) and in inland Southern California (38%).

Most of the polls so far have shown Prop 19 leading, but having a tough time getting over the 50% mark. Still, that suggests that Prop 19 can get to that magical 50% plus one by winning over even a very small percentage of undecided voters — so long as it can keep the voters that it has and get them to the polls.

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17 Comments

  1. Dale R. Gowin on

    Prop 19 is not the perfect legalization reform we need, but it will be a major step in the proper direction, and it is on the ballot now. Let’s get it passed and then work on amending its deficiencies.

  2. Betty White on

    and after its legalized, prices will drop so low growing will be more of a hobby for people passionate about growing their own weed. this is the best shot we have ever had at legalization, and now that its here you get all paranoid and wanna bail! not cool, man! put down your bong and regain composure, everything is fine. I absolutely see no way that i will be sorry if this passes, VOTE NO, i mean VOTE YES!

  3. Anonymous on

    Hello,

    I know a few people who are unable to work and must live on SSI or the state money. Their reasons is because the normal pain pills make them unable to work or do much. Though some of them rather some weed at night or come home after work and smoke. Sadly for people like CNA nursing assistants they can’t smoke even though many of them do and go sober to pass a drug test because living on SSI and state money isnt enough. Personally I want to be able to work in the medical field and have doctors orders to let me smoke weed and still be able to keep my job. Honestly is prop 19 going to allow this to happen if they set the age to 21 to smoke weed? will this change that because I vote yes for prop 19, but I want to know will this change those with good jobs who are good workers to be able to smoke on their down time at home after home just like having a glass of wine before bed or at dinner to relax?

    This might be a dumb question but honestly I don’t get on much to keep up with prop 19 and the dumb question is the question never asked.

  4. Anonymous on

    The passing of prop 19 has resulted in gum battles over who gets the 25 square feet grow space at home. After creating a 50 square foot space the police moved in and took the house and evicted all the fatherless mothers.

    Prop 19 has been a bonanza for police and revenue to the state. More people have crime history than ever before and its benefits to police have been that each cop has his own helicopter to enjoin in the bounty of almost legal pot.

    California A …ghost state! Every resident a state worker thanks to PROP 19.

    CALIFORNIANS FOR NO POT LAWS…..you will be sorry if this passes!….its like you think you can trust the cops….vote yes on prop 19….ignorant ass!

    OTHERWISE VOTE NO!

  5. Anonymous on

    harper the nazi does and hes tightening his vice.

  6. Anonymous on

    Make all the excuses for voting yes…it does not legalize marijuana in California!

    ONE OUNCE….I smoke that in four days! I need a 10 pound stash to be in a comfort zone. I grow my own under prop 215 and my Dr. says how much not some state law. SB420 limits have been struck down by the State Appelate Court of CA. You want your local cop leaning over your fence with a tape measure? He won’t need a warrant!

    My DR…..Dr Eugene Schoenfeld. He is a medical DR and a licensed psychatrist he has a DEA license to perscribe ANY DRUG! HE SAYS AND I QUOTE ” ANYONE THAT SMOKES MARIJUANA DOES SO FOR MEDICAL REASONS”. Even if you think you like to get high you are doing it for medical reasons because thats what pot does…it physically changes blood pressure and heightens awareness and relaxes you.

    Prop 215 is the best…..the compassion clubs could be better….we could take the profit out of it by making it just simply LEGAL….NO RESTRICTIONS.

    This prop 19 wants to control the commerical ability of a few, its a SCAM. Look at Oakland…$400,000 just to qualify for distribution/tax license.Even wineries don’t pay this amount to license. Prop 19 is designed to commericalize marijuana limit the ability to make your own limits and make it easier for police to screw us even more. It may sound good to you but I’ve been here before the 1960’s and have been a warrior it seems forever and I get all I need in the present law. I only wish for legalization with no restrictions…..just like you can’t patent marijuana because its an HERB…then no laws against its use is the only way.

    The object is to overwhelm the “MAN” until the “MAN” gives up….which ain’t that far off. WHY MAKE MORE STUPID LAWS YOU REGRET IN THE FUTURE?

    VOTE NO ON PROP 19 THE POLICE ME in a wheelchair space LAW.

  7. Anonymous on

    From what I’ve read, Prop 19 is for those that don’t qualify for a medical license. It doesn’t throw out 215. Med license holders will still be able to grow as much as is recommended by their doctor.

    Russ Belville explains it fairly well IMO.

    ” 6. Provide easier, safer access for patients who need cannabis for medical purposes.

    One blogger suggested that this point #6 would be enough for the courts to assume that the people meant Prop 19 to supersede patients’ medical rights under Prop 215, also known as California Health & Safety Code #11362.5. Somehow, #6 means that Prop 215 patients would suddenly be limited to 5?x5? gardens and an ounce of medicine. Which seems odd to me, when you read further in #7 below…

    7. Ensure that if a city decides not to tax and regulate the sale of cannabis, that buying and selling cannabis within that city’s limits remain illegal, but that the city’s citizens still have the right to possess and consume small amounts, except as permitted under Health and Safety Sections 11362.5 and 11362.7 through 11362.9.

    …where they are saying that if your city doesn’t allow cannabis sales, you can still possess your one ounce, except if you’re permitted more than that under Prop 215 (11362.5). How could any court think that #6 means all of Prop 19 supersedes Prop 215 when a nullified Prop 215 means #7 is granting an exception that wouldn’t exist if it were superseded?

    8. Ensure that if a city decides it does want to tax and regulate the buying and selling of cannabis (to and from adults only), that a strictly controlled legal system is implemented to oversee and regulate cultivation, distribution, and sales, and that the city will have control over how and how much cannabis can be bought and sold, except as permitted under Health and Safety Sections 11362.5 and 11362.7 through 11362.9.

    If a city does allow cannabis sales it can regulate how much you buy and sell, except if you’re permitted more than that under Prop 215 (11362.5)… you know, the part that #6 supposedly supersedes.”

    So if you wanna keep hatin’ I guess that’s just who you are.

    Free the weed for everyone. Even if it is just 25 sq. ft. It’s better that NOTHING.

    Peace and Pot.

  8. Anonymous on

    Your Quote “The most important thing is that California residents have an opportunity to tell the American federal government to stay out of the private lives of its citizens.”

    We have been telling the government FOREVER….its your turn to have balls. Get your own state to legalize WIITHOUT RESTRICTIONS. Stay out of my California vote and shut the fuck up. You have no idea whats important to us!

    Prop 215 has the law on the run….we had more people getting pot under prop 215 than any other LAW EVER. That law lets me have everything I NEED…..after all all you want is to party on my medication you selfish asshole. That law so confused only the feds were concerned.

    I AM FOR NO RESTRICTIONS TO PLANTS/HERBS, THE AMOUNT TO HOLD, OR LAWS ABOUT MY PRIVATE ACTIVITIES WITH HERBS.

    PROP 19 is designed for police me…..treat me like shit again again and again. OREGON has rescheduled marijuana with NO RESTRICTIONS….THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY!

    After we vote no on prop 19 other ways to vomit on police will be contrived.

    In your state do your work….we’ve done ours and we’re not climbing into a wheelchair grow space like you want…..prick!

    Its a fucking herb…..a plant….YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BECOME BETWEEN ME AND MY ENVIRONMENT….IF YOU THINK YOU DO YOUR A COMMUNIST….LIKE OBAMA!

  9. Anonymous on

    Speculation seems to be your worst enemy. There is no way of knowing what will happen when Prop 19 becomes law. That’s kind of the reason why we are supporting this ballot measure. Sure prop 19 is not perfect, but it does allow for a real world evaluation of marijuana in a modern American society.

    The most important thing is that California residents have an opportunity to tell the American federal government to stay out of the private lives of its citizens. The federal government is overstepping its boundaries by legislating (through prohibition) what a private citizen can do to their body in the privacy of their own home. It is not up to the federal government to dictate policy at the state level.

    After all these years we are so close to winning a battle. To deny this proposition from becoming law would be a slap in the face to Marc Emery and other advocates that have labored long and hard to make something like this possible.

    Prop 19 will pass and then we will have a chance to make changes along the way once we have gathered enough information to make sound level headed decisions based on sound and cogent data.

    In a couple of years well be able to sit down and laugh about how all this misdirected speculation about marijuana was much ado about nothing…

  10. Anonymous on

    Thats what you get in a dispensary… YOUR ALL DUMB-ASSES… Move to Canada, it’s still not legal, but not too many people care either…

  11. one12alpha on

    but then I got high.

  12. Anonymous on

    That 25 square feet is allowed for one or ten people in the same house. I bet you can’t grow shit in that space or even turn ur wheelchair around.You are LIMITED to what the police want you to have.Again if 100 people live in one house you are only allowed 25 square feet for 100 people to fight over the stems. If your child walks in on you when your are huffing you can be arrested no warrant needed.

    All the idiots that want this prop 19 in are malcontents that can’t make it on there own and want to blow a joint while they redbull with vodka and listen to crap music from ghetto rats, or perspective homo’s.

    The law is perfect the way it is…WHY be limited abd be forced to pay taxes on a herb. I now grow all I want and my Doctor determines how much I need…..NOT SOME PIG LAW!

    YOU WILL BE SORRY!….VOTE NO!

  13. MOTFA on

    The most important vote of a cali stoners life, and our luck, the motherfucker will sleep right through it.

  14. Anonymous on

    FUCK YOU !!!!!!!!! GREEDY ASS BITCH ASS SELFISH ASS BITCH. EVEN IF THIS LAW PASSES COPS WOULD STILL NEED A WARRANT TO COME INTO OUR HOUSES ACCORDING TO AMENDMENT 4 OF THE U.S CONSTITUTION SO FUCK YOU , YOU AND ALL THE BULLSHIT THAT COMES OUT YOU MOUTH WHEN YOU TELL PEOPLE ABOUT PROP 19 FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU !!! I WILL VOTE YES ON IT ME AND ALL MY COMMUNITY BECAUSE IM DOIN MY BEST EVERY DAY TO EDUCATE THEM WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT IT FUCK YOU AND ALL THE COMPASSION FUCKEN BITCH CLUB !!! FUCK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. M.Sebastian Patrick on

    Wow! What a tool! If you like to smoke marijuana, but don’t want to be paranoid over fear of arrest-vote yes. If you like the idea of being able to grow twenty-five square feet of marijuana that police cannot do a thing about-vote yes. If you think an ounce is a reasonable amount of weed to bring on a daytrip for your own use-vote yes. If you ever want to see legalization of cannabis expand as the law is amended by further voter initiatives-vote yes. If you want to see other states follow suit so that cannabis legalization goes national-vote yes. That person should advertise that they grow weedplants and then sit back and see how “Communist” the law is now. You won’t have THEM on the run-I assure you. I personally would like to see NORML and all other marijuana reform organizations go out of buisness in my lifetime because they will not be neccesary-ONCE MARIJANA IS LEGAL. You have to start somewhere: once we get this ball rolling it will be unstoppabe-but you have to push the ball California-MAKE IT LEGAL IN NOVEMBER-for all of us; please, most of America isn’t like Cali, and won’t be until plants, and people who use them are free.

  16. Anonymous on

    The clubs “in the Bay Area California SAY VOTE NO.” are greedy monopolists that see their “grow money on trees” factories ending if prop 19 wins.

  17. Anonymous on

    The Clubs in the Bay Area California SAY VOTE NO.

    If you want more laws against marijuana consumption vote yes.

    IF YOU CAN READ VOTE NO BAD LAW. THE POLICE LIKE THIS LAW>>>>THEY THEN HAVE THE RIGHT WITHOUT WARRANT TO POLICE EVERY HOUSE EVERY GROW.

    THIS DOES NOT LEGALIZE ANYONE TO SMOKE MARIJUANA IT ALLOWS THE CITIES AND POLICE THE RIGHT TO BE EVEN BIGGER COMMUNISTS.

    FREE MARIJUANA….WE GOT THEM ON THE RUN FUCK MORE LAW.