PHOENIX, AZ — A new study released this week by the Behavior Research Center has concluded that marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage have strong support in Arizona.
While recent nationwide polls have shown that a majority of all all Americans support marijuana legalization, the survey data released this week shows even stronger support at the state level in Arizona.
Behavior Research Center asked respondents whether or not they favored or opposed legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, 56% responded they favored the idea and only 37% were opposed.
Marijuana legalization had support from all age groups, across all counties and with both Democrats and Independents.
More men (62%) than women (50%) are supportive of marijuana legalization, and decriminalization also enjoys majority support in all age groups, across all counties and among both Democrats and Independent voters.
Independent voters are the most supportive of marijuana legalization at a very strong 72 percent, with only one in five opposed.
“It is perhaps ironic that as support for same-sex marriage and defelonization of marijuana have long been albatrosses which conservative candidates could hang around the necks of some of their moderate or liberal challengers,” the survey concluded. “It now appears that hard opposition to gay marriage and perhaps even to marijuana liberalization could become issues moderates and liberals can use against their conservative opponents.”
You can view the full results of the poll here.