Iowa Poll: Majority support medical marijuana, death penalty, banning traffic cameras

Iowa Poll: Majority support medical marijuana, death penalty, banning traffic cameras

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State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, explains why he supports legislation taht would ban the use of automated traffic enforcement devices on Iowa’s roads. Bill Petroski/The Register (Photo: Tony Leys/The Register) Copyright Des Moines Register & Tribune Co. 2018 A majority of Iowans is still against legalizing recreational marijuana, although opposition has declined and there is broad support for legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. The grab-bag of Iowa Poll questions also shows that most Iowans continue to support legislative proposals to ban automated traffic enforcement cameras. In addition, they still back the death penalty for certain crimes, and they agree with state lawmakers’ decision last year to legalize fireworks, although public enthusiasm diminished somewhat. The survey found 58 percent against legalizing recreational pot, down from 69 percent in 2014. The poll also found 39 percent favor legalizing recreational marijuana, up from 28 percent four years ago. The new poll, conducted by Selzer and Co. of Des Moines, questioned 801 Iowa adults Jan. 28-31 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Younger Iowans are far more accepting of recreational marijuana, with 57 percent of those under age 35 in favor of it, while 78 percent those over the age of 65 oppose it. In addition, 69 percent of Iowans who do not identify with a religious group favor legalizing recreational marijuana, while 66 percent of Protestants and Catholics are opposed. Nationally, voters in eight states have passed initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana. However, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Iowa House and Senate have shown little interest in allowing the sale and use of recreational pot. There is also zero encouragement from Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican who had a one-word response last year ("No") when asked if she supported […]

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