A new Insider Advantage/Fox 5 survey finds that a majority of registered voters in Georgia support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
According to the survey, 51% of voters in the state would back legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana “in very specific instances,” while just 27% oppose it.
The more interesting aspect of this is that voters from the two major parties aren’t far apart on the issue. The survey found that 53.45% of Democrats and 52.38% of Republicans support legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana. A plurality of independents, at 47.75%, would support such a measure, while 28.89% would oppose it.
State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) called for hearings last week to examine the viability of medical marijuana. House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has indicated that he’s open to the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Senate Pro-Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth) has also intimated openness on examining the issue.
The survey also found that 56% of voters oppose legislation that would allow Georgia students to carry a gun on campus for self-defense purposes. Thirty-one percent (31%) back the right-to-carry measure.
The survey of 2,613 registered voters was conducted on Tuesday, January 14. The margin of error is +/- 1.9%.