Since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states: Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
And that makes a new Quinnipiac University poll on marijuana re-legalization so fascinating.
The poll, released April 6, finds voters in all three critical swing states solidly supporting re-legalization of marijuana for recreational use. More than 1,000 voters in each state were surveyed.
Further, voters in all three states favor legalization of medical marijuana by astounding margins — 5 to 1 or more.
Support for allowing adults “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use” is 55% – 42% in Florida, 52% – 44% in Ohio and 51% – 45% in Pennsylvania.
And support for medical marijuana is near-universal. The numbers are remarkable: 84% in Florida, 84% in Ohio and 88% in Pennsylvania. You have to wonder: Why isn’t every politician jumping on this issue?
Also important: voters in these states overwhelmingly say they don’t plan to use marijuana themselves.
81% of Florida voters say they “definitely” or “probably” would not use it; 84% of Ohio voters say they “definitely” or “probably” would not use it; and 83% of Pennsylvania voters say they “definitely” or “probably” would not.
This indicates they favor legalization because the consequences of marijuana prohibition make the policy undesirable. And it indicates that one of the key arguments of prohibitionists — that re-legalizing marijuana would lead vast numbers of people to start using it — may just be dead wrong.