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

Peter Bell, Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
April 10, 2014, 5 p.m.

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


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.”


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?


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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