Pot and Pols? Voters Say No

Colorado voters think the state’s marijuana laws have been good, but a majority say they wouldn’t vote for a frequent pot-smoker.

April 30 2014, 1:00 PM

Coloradans might be fine with the state’s new marijuana laws, but that doesn’t mean its residents favor politicians who’d spark joints.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week shows Colorado voters are less likely to support a political candidate who smokes pot two to three times a week. Surprising? Probably not, but it’s noteworthy that voters who support pot laws don’t necessarily want decision-makers puffing away.

Good for me, but not for thee?

According to the poll, roughly three-quarters of Republicans say they wouldn’t back a frequent-pot-smoking pol and about half of independent voters say they’d go for another candidate. Thirty-seven percent of Democrats would look elsewhere. Overall, only three percent of voters would be more willing to vote for a candidate who smoked frequently. (The demographic survey is here.)

Those numbers come in stark contrast to the overall feeling toward marijuana in Colorado. The Quinnipiac poll shows that 52 percent of voters say the new laws have been good for the state. The only group that didn’t agree were voters 65 years old or older: 62 percent of the Colorado’s oldest voters think the state is going to, well, pot.

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