Two months after legal marijuana sales began in Colorado, its legalization has become more popular in the state. 57% of Colorado voters now say they think marijuana usage should be legal to only 35% who think it should be illegal. That 22 point margin in support represents an increase since the November 2012 legalization ballot measure that passed by 10 points with voters in the state.
Voters are pretty closely divided three ways when it comes to whether marijuana being legal has made the state better (31%), worse (33%), or not made much of a difference (30%). Still that puts 61% of voters into the better or no change column to just the 33% who think it's had a negative impact.
Even though most voters are fine with marijuana being legal, it's not because they've partaken themselves. Only 8% say they've used marijuana since it became legal to 89% who said they haven't and 3% who 'don't care to say.'
-Support for gay marriage has hit a new record high in Colorado. 56% of voters support it to only 36% who are opposed. There's been a 20 point net increase in support for it since August of 2011 when we found voters in the state evenly divided on the issue. Among voters under 45, 71% think gay marriage should be legal with just 21% thinking it should continue to be illegal.
When you expand the discussion to civil unions, 79% of Colorado voters support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples to only 18% who think there shouldn't be any at all. Even 66% of Republican voters at least support civil unions.
Cruz leads the Republican field in the state with 17% to 15% for Huckabee, 14% for Christie, 10% each for Paul and Ryan, 8% each for Bush and Rubio, 5% for Walker, and 2% for Jindal. Cruz is ahead based largely on his strength with 'very conservative' voters, with whom he gets 23%.
-59% of Coloradoans identify themselves as Rockies fans, and they're relatively optimistic about their team's prospects for this season. 49% think they'll make the playoffs this season to 33% who think they'll miss out, 16% think they're going to win the National League, and 7% even think they're going to win the World Series.
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