Poll: New Yorkers continue to support medical marijuana, not sure about fracking and MMA

medical marijuana signNew Yorkers support the legalization of medical marijuana 57-33, according to the Siena poll out today.

That result isn't really surprising -- a few other polls in recent years have also registered support for medical marijuana. The only subgroups in this new Siena poll not responding with majority support: Republicans and conservatives. Also, the income group registering the most support for it: $100k+ at 68 percent.

There have been bills in the legislature over the last few years that would legalize medical marijuana. And state Senator Diane Savino has picked the issue up again this year. But the chances of a bill making it through are probably small without support from Andrew Cuomo -- and he appeared to indicate last month he's not on board. [WSJ] [State of Politics]

We're curious to see the results if people were asked about straight out legalization or decriminalization of pot.

A few other bits from the poll...

Fracking
"Do you support or oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York?"
Support: 37% | Oppose: 36% | Don't have enough info: 25%

Subgroup with the most support: conservatives (56%). Most opposition: liberals (50%).

MMA
The breakdown on support for opposition for legalizing mixed martial arts in the state: support 32% | oppose 26% | don't have enough info 38%. The subgroup with the strongest support: 18-34 (62%). With the most opposition: 55+ (38%).

Legislators' pay
"Do you support or oppose increasing the pay of state legislators, which is currently $79,500?"
Support: 21% | Oppose: 65%

SRI says the poll was conducted May 6-10. The margin of error is +/- 3.5%.

photo: Flickr user Caveman 92223

Comments

So basically the poll is saying that the conservatives want gas, but they don't want grass.

If people really knew the facts about hydrofracking they would be against it, but are they getting the facts.

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