Washington is one of three states that will vote on marijuana legalization measures of one form or another on Election Day (Colorado and Oregon being the other two). And while polls indicate Washington's I-502 is fairing well, according to a poll conducted by the Oregonian newspaper and Seattle-based polling firm Elway Research, Oregon's effort isn't enjoying the same level of support.
As the Oregonian reports, a recent Elway poll indicates Measure 80 is currently opposed by 49 percent of Oregon voters, with only 42 percent responding in favor.
The poll surveyed 405 "likely voters," and has a plus or minus margin of error of five percentage points. Elway conducted the poll Thursday through Sunday.
Why aren't Oregon voters as inclined to pass their state's marijuana legalization effort? It's tough to say, though the Oregonian notes that along with appearing to be the least likely of the three marijuana legalization efforts to pass this year, Oregon's measure is also the least restrictive - with no limit placed on how much weed a person can possess or cultivate.
However, those running the campaign for Oregon's Measure 80 remain optimistic in the face of these newly released numbers.
From the Oregonian:
Roy Kaufmann, the spokesman for the Yes on 80 campaign, said pollsters often miss younger voters who are harder to reach and that many older voters may be reluctant to admit their support to a stranger "on an issue that's still considered by many to be taboo."
The campaign "still has work to do, but we're within fighting distance," he said.
Shockingly enough, the Oregonian reports that Democrats and voters 35 and younger support marijuana legalization in Oregon, while Republicans and voters over 65 are "strongly opposed." And while men seem equally divided on the measure, the poll indicates women are largely against the state's marijuana legalization efforts, by a count of 52 percent against and 37 percent in support.