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51% in California still oppose legalizing marijuana, poll finds

September 22, 2011 |  7:43 am

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Legalizing marijuana remains a tough sell in California, according to a new poll.

The Public Policy Institute of California, in a new statewide survey released Thursday, showed that 51% of voters oppose legalizing marijuana while 46% favor it.

Voters rejected marijuana legalization last year, but there has been talk of another ballot measure.

According to the PPIC, the finding was similar to a poll conducted last September.

In the most recent survey, the San Francisco area was the only part of California that favored legalization. Most respondents in Southern California opposed it.

Liberals and Democrats were more likely to be in favor of legalization than Republicans and conservatives, the poll found.

The PPIC surveyed 2,002 California adult residents on landlines and cell phones from Sept. 6–13.

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