Poll: Most New Yorkers support medical marijuana

Medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. (Goodnight London via Flickr.)
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A poll released this morning found that a majority of New Yorkers support the legalization of medical marijuana, and that New Yorkers are still divided on hydrofracking.

The Siena Research Institute asked 766 registered New York voters, "Do you support or oppose legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York State?"

Fifty-seven percent said yes, while 33 percent said no. Unsurprisingly, support ran stronger among Democrats, with 62 percent supporting medical marijuana, versus only 44 percent of Republicans.

Women were also more likely than men to support legalizing medical marijuana, with 60 percent in favor, versus only 54 percent of men. Support was slightly stronger in the suburbs (61 percent), than it was in New York City (57 percent) or upstate (55 percent).

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Pollsters also asked voters, "Do you support or oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York?"

Voters were pretty evenly divided with 37 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed. Republicans were more in favor of hydrofracking than Democrats, 50 percent to 29 percent, respectively.

Here's the poll.