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POLL: Colo. voters' response to marijuana, recall

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KUSA - A recent Quinnipac University poll found Colorado voters oppose the recall effort by a significant margin and believe the marijuana bill shouldn't cause drug-abuse problems in the state.

From Aug. 15 to 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,184 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.



Voters who participated in the poll said state senators John Morse and Angela Giron should not be removed from office due to his support of stricter gun control.

"With wide partisan and gender divisions, Colorado voters oppose the state's stricter new gun control laws, but they don't want to recall State Senate President John Morse or Sen. Angela Giron because they supported these laws," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said. "Philosophically, voters don't want a recall election every time they disagree with a legislator. They'd rather deal with it every four years."

Forty percent of voters say Colorado's new gun laws will make the state less safe while 37 percent say the state will be safer. Sixteen percent say the laws won't make a difference. Voters participating in the poll also felt that background checks and a limit on magazines would not have prevented the Columbine or Aurora mass shootings.


According to those voters who participated in the poll, a majority felt the legalization of marijuana will lead to illegal sales across state lines. However, they did not think legalization would cause a drug-abuse problem.

More than half of those polled had tried marijuana.

"There are partisan differences but no gender gap as Colorado voters support legalization of marijuana. Many voters admit they've tried pot, but don't expect a Rocky Mountain high once marijuana becomes legal," Malloy said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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