Ohioans are moving left on marijuana and same-sex marriage, according to a poll released Feb. 24 by Quinnipiac University.
The poll found 87 percent of Ohioans support legalizing marijuana for medical uses. About 51 percent support allowing adults to legally possess a small amount of the drug. And 83 percent agree marijuana is equally or less dangerous than alcohol.
At the same time, 50 percent of Ohio voters now support same-sex marriage, compared to 44 percent who do not.
A plurality of voters — 34 percent versus 26 percent — also disapproved of Gov. John Kasich’s handling of abortion. (In the latest state budget, Kasich and his fellow Republicans in the Ohio legislature imposed new restrictions on abortions and abortion providers.)
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,370 registered Ohio voters from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17 for the poll, with a 2.7 percent margin of error.
The findings indicate the state is moving left on the biggest social issues of the day.
Whether the liberal shift applies to ballot initiatives remains to be seen as two groups aim to get medical marijuana and same-sex marriage on the November ballot.