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Poll: Will Marijuana Legalization Play a Role in Your Party's 2016 Presidential Primary?

April 10, 2014

Will marijuana legalization play a role in your party's 2016 presidential primary?

DEMOCRATS (89 VOTES)

Yes, it will play a major role: 5%
Yes, it will play a minor role: 29%
No, it will have no effect on the primary: 66%

Major role

 

"Again, voters are way ahead of politicians. A Democratic presidential candidate will use this effectively against other Democratic candidates who don't get the new political reality."

"Millennials."

Minor role

"It will help Democrats slightly if it's on the ballot anywhere."

"As more of the Dem base moves to support it, will be interesting to see if Hillary Clinton gets on board to support legalization."

"It might heighten the experience of some voters."

No effect

"Grassroots support for legal pot is at an all-time high but not potent enough turn voters on or out."

"Only if Rand Paul becomes a Democrat."

"This ship has sailed. There are as many R's in favor of medical marijuana as D's. Not as many smokers; just as many supporters."

"This will be a state issue for the foreseeable future."

"Voters, regardless of their age, care about getting jobs, not getting stoned."

"Voters are for it—candidates will flee it."

 

Will marijuana legalization play a role in your party's 2016 presidential primary?

REPUBLICANS (85 VOTES)

Yes, it will play a major role : 2%
Yes, it will play a minor role: 39%
No, it will have no effect on the primary: 59%

Minor role

"It will be an interesting age-group divide and certainly a hot topic for discussion."

"They will hang tough on pro-life but splinter off on gay marriage and pot to establish their modernity."

"On a larger scale, libertarianism versus mainstream conservatism will be a major part of the primary. A little pot will be baked into that discussion."

No effect

"In pothead states, the Dems will get higher. Everywhere else it will help the GOP."

"2016 is and will be all about Obamacare, the economy, and America's place in the world, not about pot."

"If it is used, will be folded into larger argument of how the foundation of the family today is under attack."

"Republican candidates will leave it to the states."

"Like, whatever, man. Pass the Doritos."

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