A new poll released this morning found big support for medicinal marijuana in New York, while voters remain split on hydrofracking and say they need more information on mixed-martial arts.
The Siena College survey found 57 percent of New York voters support legalizing medical marijuana, with 33 percent opposed. Support is high among all regions of the state, while 62 percent of Democrats are in favor. (Forty-four percent of Republicans are supportive, with 46 percent opposed.)
“Over two-thirds of voters are paying attention to the debate over legalizing medical marijuana in New York State,” Siena Research Institute Director Don Levy said in a statement. “Democrats and independents strongly support legalization and at least a majority of every demographic agree except Republicans and self-described conservatives, who are divided on the issue.”
The support appears to be naught this year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he’s studying the issue, but that it likely won’t be taken up this legislative session. That hasn’t stopped its supporters in the Legislature, however, which are currently holding a news conference touting the benefits of medical marijuana.
Voters are mixed on two other hot topics in Albany — hydrofracking for natural gas and whether to legalize mixed-martial arts bouts. There’s still a very clear split on hydrofracking, with 37 percent in favor of the technique used with gas drilling, 36 percent opposed and 25 percent undecided.
Support is weakest upstate, with 31 percent OK with hydrofracking and 45 percent opposed. Somewhat surprisingly, more New York City voters are in favor, according to the poll, with 35 percent supportive and 31 percent opposed. (44 percent in the New York City suburbs support it.)
Meanwhile, only 25 percent of voters have been paying attention to the debate over mixed-martial arts. MMA bouts are currently banned in New York, and Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have lobbied aggressively to have that ban overturned. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said the bill to overturn the ban won’t be put to a vote this year.
In total, 38 percent said they need more information on legalizing mixed-martial arts. 32 percent are in support; 26 percent are opposed.
Here are the crosstabs from today’s poll: