A marijuana legalization ballot initiative in Arkansas is trailing significantly behind, according to a new poll released just days ahead of Election Day.
The survey from the University of Arkansas found that 41 percent of adults in the state support the cannabis reform measure, while 59 percent are opposed.
Early polling gave the Responsible Growth Arkansas campaign the advantage, but surveys have revealed a gradual tightening as the election approached and opponents became more vocal. Now this latest poll shows the initiative being handily defeated.
Here’s the exact language of the latest survey question presented to respondents:
“Issue 4 would change the constitution to legalize the possession and use of marijuana by adults, allowing for its cultivation and sale by licensed commercial facilities. Given this description, do you favor or oppose this measure?”
Democrats were most likely to back the marijuana measure, albeit by a small margin, with 50 percent in support and 46 percent against. Only 30 percent of Republicans are in favor, compared to 65 percent against. Independents are in opposition, 57 percent to 40 percent.
When it comes to race and ethnicity, 63 percent of Hispanic voters support the measure. That’s compared to 48 percent of Black
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