Connecticut Voters Favor Medical Marijuana, Sunday Liquor Sales and the Death Penalty In Latest Q Poll

A sampling of 1,622 Connecticut voters strongly support medical marijuana, abolition of the state's Blue Laws and keeping the death penalty.


The latest Quinnipiac University Poll, released Wednesday, finds Connecticut voters strongly in support of medical marijuana, Sunday liquor sales and the death penalty. 

By a margin of 68-27 percent, Connecticut voters believe adults should be allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes, with a physician's prescription, according to the poll. No gender, partisan, income, age or education group surveyed was opposed to the idea. 

"Medical marijuana is supported by Connecticut voters across the board," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said in a press release accompanying the findings Wednesday. 

Connecticut voters also want to be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays, according to the poll. Those surveyed approved of that proposal by a margin of 54-42 percent, although those findings did fall along gender and partisan lines. Males support the idea of Sunday alcohol sales by a margin of 60-37 percent, while women are split on the idea 48-48 percent; Democrats support the proposal 56-41 percent, independents support it 57-40 percent, while Republicans are split with 47 percent in support and 48 percent opposed. 

"Connecticut may be the land of steady habits but no Sunday liquor sales is one habit voters are ready to kick," Schwartz said. 

But 63 percent of those surveyed said they do not believe should be allowed to sell beer, although 43 percent of those surveyed said supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer and wine, another 32 percent favor supermarkets selling only beer as they do now, and 20 percent would like to be able to buy beer, wine and liquor from supermarkets. 

"Voters would like supermarkets to be allowed to sell wine, but don't want to see convenience stores at gas stations sell beer," Schwartz said. "Perhaps this is out of concern for making it too easy to drink and drive."

Connecticut voters also strongly came down in support of the death penalty, calling a legislative proposal to abolish it a "bad idea" by a margin of 62-31 percent. Women want Connecticut to keep the death penalty by a margin of 58-33 percent, men support the death penalty by a margin of 66-29 percent.Democrats surveyed supported repealing the death penalty by a margin of 48-44 percent, while those who classified themselves as "liberals" supported its abolition by a margin of 48-45 percent. All other groups surveyed supported the death penalty. 

If the death penalty is repealed in Connecticut, 58 of those surveyed said those inmates already sentenced to death should be executed, while 35 percent opposed those executions. 

"As we've seen in past Quinnipiac University polls, Connecticut voters still think abolishing the death penalty is a bad idea," Schwartz said. "No doubt the gruesome Cheshire murders still affect public opinion regarding convicts on death row."  

The poll, conducted from March 14 through March 19, surveyed 1,622 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. 

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My Opinion March 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I hardly think a sampling of 1622 CT residents constitutes a major opinion. Put this up for a vote in November, and get a real response to CT voters!!!!! Gov't u stink of Liberalism.
Kevin Sterling March 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Evidently you don't know anything about the science of polling. 1622 in a population the size of Connecticut's is a very large sample. BTW 68% for medicinal cannabis patient protection means CT is near the bottom of the list.
Dudley Sharp March 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM
CT DEATH PENALTY SUPPORT AVERAGES 82% SINCE 2000, YEARS BEFORE THE PETIT MURDERS An overwhelming 5:1 of Ct citizens support the death penalty (82%) vs opposing the death penalty (16%) , as has consistently been the been the case from 2000-2011, as per number 43, TREND (1). This represents a remarkably consistent average since 2000, inclusive of minimum support at 79% and the maximum at 85%, during that period. showing only a 3% variance from that 82% average during those 11 years of polling. This consistent, strong voice could hardly be more clear. Most recently, in 2011, the poll finds 83% support for the death penalty, which is the combination of the death penalty support for all murderers (10%) and death penalty support "depends on the circumstances of the case" (73%), with only 16% opposing the death penalty in all circumstances, as per question and answer number 43, from the March 10, 2011 Quinnapiac Poll (1). 1) March 10, 2011 - Death Penalty Support At New High In Connecticut, Quinnapiac University Poll Finds; Voters High On Medical Marijuana, Sunday Liquor Sales http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=1566


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