A new poll released today says a majority of Connecticut voters favor the legalization of medical marijuana and Sunday liquor sales, but also oppose abolishing the state’s death penalty. The survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found that 68% of voters support a proposal allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s prescription, while 27% opposed it. The poll says support is broad-based with no gender, partisan, age, income or education group opposed to it. Doug Schwartz, the Institute’s director, says a majority of voters also approved the sale of liquor on Sunday’s, though by a smaller margin 54-42% and with some caveats.
“Voters favor allowing supermarkets to sell wine, but they don’t favor allowing convenience stores at gas stations to sell beer. By a pretty large margin they are against it.”
And while a bill abolishing Connecticut’s death penalty statute appears to have growing support among state lawmakers, 62% of the poll’s respondents thought that was a bad idea. The poll, however, did not specifically ask about the current legislative proposal that would replace the death sentence with life in prison without parole. Still, Schwartz says, “When we did a question like that three years ago in which we said…do you want to see the death penalty abolished and replaced with life in prison with no chance of parole or do you want to keep the death penalty, the numbers were the same as they are today. people don’t want to abolish the death penalty. Even when you put that option in there, we didn’t see that much of a difference.”
The Quinnipiac survey of more than 1,600 registered voters was conducted last week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.