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New poll: Support fading for marijuana proposition

October 31, 2010 |  8:33 am

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A new poll indicates that support is continuing to drop for the effort to legalize marijuana in California.

The Field Poll, taken Oct. 14 and 26, shows that 49% of voters oppose Proposition 19 while 42% support it. In September, the Field Poll had found 49% of voters supported the measure.

It comes on the heels of the Los Angeles Times/USC poll, which last week found voters opposing the measure 51% to 39%.

The Times poll found that likely voters younger than 40 are in favor of it by 48% to 37%, but older voters, who say they are more enthusiastic about voting in this election, are not. Among likely voters 65 and over, only 28% support the measure, while 59% said they were opposed.

As The Times' John Hoeffel wrote at the time, "Until recently, the initiative had led in most polls with support from about half of the electorate. But supporters of the initiative have not raised enough money to run the television advertisements needed to reach voters across the state. Opponents of the measure have also not run an active television campaign, but historically, the burden of persuading voters usually falls to the proponents."

The Field Poll interviewed 1,501 people and had a margin of error of 3.2%.

-- Shelby Grad

Related: Check out more coverage of California Politics at PolitiCal: The Times politics blog.

 

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