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USC College/Los Angeles Times Press Release: Majority of Likely CA Voters Oppose Prop. 19

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Majority of Likely CA

Voters Oppose Prop. 19

Media Contact: Suzanne Wu at (213) 740-2215 or

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — October 22, 2010 — A ballot proposition that would legalize marijuana in California is opposed by a majority of the state’s likely voters, according to results from the latest USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll.

Fifty-one percent of likely voters in California say they would vote against Proposition 19, which would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Thirty-nine percent of likely voters were in favor of the proposition.

The proposition would also allow people 21 years or older to possess, cultivate or transport marijuana for personal use.

Support for Proposition 19 varied widely across age groups. Fifty-five percent of likely voters aged 18-29 support legalizing marijuana, as compared to 28 percent of those age 65 and older. Sixty percent of those 65 and older oppose the proposition.

By race, some of the strongest opposition to legalizing marijuana comes from likely Latino voters, with 57 percent against the proposition. Forty-eight percent of White voters and 49 percent of Black voters oppose the proposition.

Women were more likely than men to oppose legalizing marijuana, with 53 percent of women saying they would vote against Proposition 19. Forty-five percent of men said they would vote against the proposition.

The USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll is the largest statewide poll of voters in California. More than 1,500 registered voters were surveyed in the most recent poll, conducted October 13-20, 2010, with a likely voter sample of 922 voters.

About the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll: The USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll project is a series of six statewide public opinion polls that began November 8, 2009, and will continue throughout California’s crucial 2010 elections for governor and U.S. Senate.

These polls will be taken at regular intervals and will be designed to survey California residents’ attitudes on a wide range of political, policy, social and cultural issues to better inform the public and to encourage discourse on key political and policy issues.

The October poll was conducted for the Los Angeles Times and USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner in conjunction with Republican polling firm American Viewpoint.

About USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: USC College of Letters, Art & Sciences is the university’s primary center for research and education in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The largest of USC’s 19 academic schools, USC College is composed of more than 30 academic departments and more than 20 Ph.D. programs, and is home to more than two dozen research centers and institutes.

About the Los Angeles Times: The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 2 million and 3 million on Sunday, and a combined print and interactive local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The fast-growing draws over 10 million unique visitors monthly.

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