DENVER — Voters of different backgrounds disagree about whether the legalization of recreational marijuana is good or bad for Colorado’s image, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of 1,139 people released Monday.
As one might expect, there is a political divide in the numbers. Seventy-three percent of Republicans say legalization is bad for the state’s reputation, while Democrats say it is favorable by a margin of 57-30 percent. About 56 percent of independents said pot was hurting the state’s image.
In total, 51 percent of respondents said they thought pot was hurting the state’s image.
Age is an important factor. Fifty-seven percent of voters age 29 or younger say legalization is a positive, while 67 percent of those older than 65 say it’s a negative.
Just over half (51 percent) of respondents said they have used pot, but only 10 percent said they’ve tried it since it became legal. Older voters were increasingly less likely to say they have ever tried the drug.
Some surprises: 73 percent of people say it would be OK if a neighbor wanted to grow pot for personal use; and more than half (53 percent) of people approve of the way Gov. John Hickenlooper has handled the issue.