A recent poll shows that New Mexico voters support recreational marijuana legalization by a 2-to-1 ratio. Research & Polling Inc. conducted the survey for the Albuquerque Journal. Voters in all five sectors of the state were polled.
Only 32% of those polled were against legalization, the Las Cruces Sun cites. The additional 8% of those polled haven’t made up their minds yet. The most support came from the North Central portion of the state at 73%.
Brian Sanderoff of Research & Polling Inc. said, “Imagine asking this question 10 years ago in eastern New Mexico. We would have found support levels much lower in these conservative strongholds.”
Democrats were more likely to support legalization than Republicans, but Republican voters still displayed favoring legalization.
Older voters also favor legalization, but by a smaller percentage than voters in younger generations.
It is not said whether recreational marijuana will be a topic of discussion among lawmakers in the 2019 legislative session – but it is speculated to be discussed more frequently as public opinion continues to shift in favor of legalization.