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Republicans, women, older voters fueling opposition to marijuana legalization in California, new poll finds

October 22, 2010 |  8:15 am

Pot As celebrities rallied in Hollywood to support legalizing marijuana in California, the latest Times/USC poll shows a major generational and political divide on the question.

The poll found that Republicans overwhelmingly oppose Proposition 19, the initiative that would legalize marijuana. As The Times' John Hoeffel reported Friday morning, there is also a big gap based on age: "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."

Woman were also leaning against the proposition.

Overall, the poll found Proposition 19 trailing badly.

The ballot measure has not generated a huge amount of buzz in Hollywood, but two big names -- actor Danny Glover and singer Melissa Etheridge -- on Thursday offered their support for the proposal.

Many major California politicians have come out against the measure.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Danny Glover, Melissa Etheridge and others express support for Proposition 19 at a news conference on Thursday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times