New data shows a majority of Michigan residents in favor of recreational weed. The state already has an active medical marijuana scene and, as these new numbers show, there appears to be an upswell of support for making recreational weed legal as well.
The most recent data comes from a survey commissioned by the Detroit News and WDIV Local 4. It was designed to gauge how Michigan voters feel about a variety of issues, many of which could possibly come up on the November 2018 ballot.
Among many other topics, the survey asked people about the possibility of legalizing recreational cannabis. More precisely, the survey asked voters “if they support or oppose a November ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes.”
Here’s how Michiganders responded:
56.6 percent said they were in favor of making recreational weed legal. 36.7 percent said they were opposed to the idea. The remaining 6.7 percent said they were still undecided. Political Party Lines
The recently published report analyzed the data further and found some interesting trends.
For starters, support for legalization tended to follow traditional party lines. The majority of Michigan residents in favor of recreational weed were of the Democratic persuasion. Seventy-one percent of “Strong Democrats” support legalization, 67 percent of “Lean Democrats” support legalization, and just over 51 percent of “Independents” support legalization.
On the other hand, Republican voters were the only groups in which the majority of voters opposed legalization. Fifty-three percent of “Strong GOP” voters oppose legalization, and 48.4 percent of “Lean GOP” voters oppose it.
Interestingly, the margins of difference were significantly tighter among conservative voters. More specifically, Republicans were much closer to an even 50-50 split between those who support legalization and those who oppose it.
Meanwhile, Democratic voters were more unified in their