However, many Hispanic voters seem less than enthusiastic about such a prospect. The report found that 49 percent of registered Latino voters are pro-legalization, while 48 percent feel otherwise. This digits contrast with the views of the electorate as a whole, which supports legalization by a 53-44 percent margin. Here's a graphic from the report depicting this difference.......and another that contrasts Hispanics with white and black voters, both of whom back legalization by greater percentages. Note also that Hispanics native to the United States are much more likely to feel that legalization is a good idea than are those who were born elsewhere: The responses differed depending on whether interviewees were asked about recreational versus medical use. Here's an excerpt:
About eight-in-ten Hispanic registered voters (81%) say it should be legal in some form, with 47% supporting medicinal legalization only and 34% supporting legalization for personal use as well. Similar shares of white (81%) and black (84%) registered voters support legalization with 43% of whites and 41% of blacks favoring legalization for personal use, while 38% of whites and 43% of blacks favor legalization of marijuana only for medicinal use.Another interesting aspect of the study: Researchers found that Hispanics are less likely than either whites or blacks to say that they've used marijuana, with only 41 percent of registered Latino voters, and 33 percent of Hispanics as a whole, confirming that they've tried it. In contrast, 50 percent of whites and 49 percent of blacks say they've smoked it.
Could the lukewarm support for legalization be connected to a lack of personal familiarity with marijuana? Or do the numbers imply that Hispanics as a whole, and those not born here in particular, are reticent to express their support for cannabis legalization due to the way the feds have used pot as a rationale for deportation? The study doesn't take a position on such questions, but the data is available for those more willing to do so. Dig in below; the marijuana section begins on page eighteen.
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