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Conservatives and Republicans not there yet

Lansing, Mich. – Twenty-four percent of registered Michigan voters believe possession of a small amount of marijuana should be treated like a speeding ticket without the possibility of jail time, while 41 percent support the legalization, regulation and taxation of small amounts of marijuana.

A survey conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG) and Mitchell Research and Communications shows that support for legalization is strongest among self-identified liberals and Democrats. The more conservative you are, and self-identified Republicans, are much less supportive of legalization or decriminalization.

“While attitudes toward marijuana may be relaxing, taking the more libertarian position could pose a problem for those running in GOP primary contests. The most conservative voters still support the status quo,” said Tom Shields, president of MRG.

Steve Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Research and Communications said, “Support for the legalization of small amounts of marijuana continues to grow in Michigan. Without strong opposition from the law enforcement community, I would not be surprised to see a successful ballot proposal within the next few years.”

The actual wording of the question is below:

There is a proposal to treat the possession of small amounts of marijuana like speeding, with a ticket but no jail, rather than as a criminal misdemeanor that is punishable by a jail sentence.  Of the following three choices, which one do you agree with the most: [ROTATE]:

A) Small amounts of marijuana should continue to be treated like a misdemeanor crime that could lead to jail time as it is today: 31%
B) Small amounts of marijuana should not be legal but should be treated like speeding with a ticket but with no jail: 24%
C) Marijuana should just be made legal so it can be regulated and taxed like alcohol and tobacco: 41%
D) Don’t Know/Refused: 4%

MRG/MR&C MICHIGAN POLL
Conducted October 6-10, 2013
(N=600 Likely Voters)
Live Telephone Interviewers
MOE + or – 4% at 95% Level of Confidence
77% Landline – 23% Cell Phone

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About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.

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About Mitchell Research and Communications
Mitchell Research and Communications, Inc. is a Michigan based, national full-service firm specializing in public affairs, market research and political polling, political consulting, crisis management and legislative advocacy. The firm also provides voter identification and GOTV programs. The company has worked for corporate, association, political, governmental and media clients for more than 25 years. It has been the pollster for television stations and newspapers in Michigan, California, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina. It’s main office and telephone center is based in East Lansing, Michigan.

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