New Marquette Law School Poll finds 59% of Wisconsin voters favor cannabis legalization

Posted: April 10, 2019 by Gary Storck
Category: Breaking News

A new Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday, April 10, found 59% of Wisconsin voters say marijuana use should be legal, with 36% saying it should not. 83% say medical cannabis with a doctor’s prescription should be legal, with only 12% saying no.

A previous Marquette Law School poll released January 24, 2019, found 59% said yes when asked, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?” 35% said no. An August 22, 2018 poll found 61% support for regulating cannabis like alcohol in Wisconsin with 36% opposed. The same question asked in the poll released in July 2016, which found 59% support. and 39% opposed.

Eight issue questions were asked of half the sample (Form A) and seven were asked of the other half-sample (Form B). Questions on Form A have a sample size of 404 and a margin of error of +/- 5.7 percentage points. Questions on Form B have a sample size of 396 and a margin of error of +/- 5.7 percentage points.

Form A questions included legalization of marijuana, Form B included the medical marijuana question.

Here is the wording of the two questions:

Q14A. “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?” Source: Marquette Law School Poll, April 3-7, 2019.

Q14B. “Do you think the use of marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s prescription should be made legal, or not?” Source: Marquette Law School Poll, April 3-7, 2019.

Marquette Law School Poll, April 3-7, 2019 Crosstab Results for Registered Voters

Looking at the crosstabs, Medical cannabis had strong majority support in every demographic. Cannabis legalization, with 59% support overall, had major opposition from Republicans, with only 32% saying it should be legal and 65% saying it should remain illegal. A very small number reporting party affiliation as other/none were opposed 74% to 26%. However among those who say they lean Republican, Independents, Democrats and those who lean Democrat all supported legalization from 59-79%.