Connecticut voters overwhelmingly support the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor's prescription, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. By a thinner margin, the majority of voters also support allowing alcohol sales on Sunday.
Out of 1,622 registered voters polled, 68 percent support medicinal marijuana. According to Quinnipiac, "there is no gender, partisan, income, age or education group opposed."
"Medical marijuana is supported by Connecticut voters across the board," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.
For Sunday alcohol sales, which are and recently passed a legislative committee, there's a 54-42 percent split. Men support Sunday sales 60-37 percent while women are split evenly 48-48 percent. Support is 56-41 percent among Democrats and 57-40 percent among independent voters, while Republicans split 47-48 percent.
"Connecticut may be the land of steady habits but no Sunday liquor sales is one habit voters are ready to kick," Schwartz said.
Voters do oppose allowing gas stations to sell beer by a 63-35 percent margin. Lawmakers apparently feel the same way, as the committee nixed that proposed reform.
Other poll results:
- 32 percent say supermarkets should sell only beer, as they do now;
- 43 percent say supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer and wine;
- 20 percent say supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor.
Roy Occhiogrosso, Senior Advisor to Malloy, released the following statement regarding the poll:
"We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because...what's there to say? Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The Governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do."