Support for Prop 19 Declining

by John J. Pitney, Jr.

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that Proposition 19, the marijuana-legalization initiative, is no longer flying high. Among likely voters, it loses 49–44 percent, an eight-point drop in support since September. Support has declined among most demographic groups, especially Latinos (42 percent today, down from 63 percent). Several months ago, state Democratic chair John Burton said that the measure would help Democrats by boosting turnout among younger voters. A majority of voters under 35 still back it, but their elders are outvoting them heavily. If Jerry Brown wins, pot won’t be the reason.

John J. Pitney Jr. is Roy P. Crocker professor of American politics at Claremont McKenna College.

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