|Graphic: Yes On Prop 19|
It’s gonna be a close one in California, as the latest poll on Proposition 19, this November’s tax and regulate voter initiative, shows the numbers tightening.
According to the latest SurveyUSA poll [PDF] of likely voters, taken August 31-September 1, Prop 19 still holds a modest lead with 47 percent of voters saying they will vote yes with 43 percent saying they will vote no. Ten percent still weren’t certain how they’d vote on the measure.
The last two times SurveyUSA polled the state, August 9-11 and July 8-11, 50 percent of likely voters said they’d vote yes for legalization, while 40 percent said they would vote no, reports Jon Walker at Firedoglake.
The initiative would allow adult Californians to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, while allowing cities and municipalities to allow, prohibit or regulate its sale in retail stores, reports Dennis Romero at LA Weekly.
Just this week, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein announced she will co-chair the campaign against legalization of marijuana with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca.
“Is it no surprise that people are going to get killed behind this easy profit?” Baca said Wednesday, reports Nannette Miranda of ABC 7. The sheriff seems to be unaware that the illegal nature of pot is what leads to the violence — just as with alcohol Prohibition.
“Drugs and violence go together,” Baca said. Maybe for you, pal; I’m not into that sort of thing.
Men support the measure strongly (54-41) while women are slightly opposed (40 percent yes; 46 percent no).
Prop 19 is still heavily supported by young voters, but opposed by older voters.
“With such a close race and relatively few undecided voters the success or failure of Prop 19 will likely come down to turnout,” Walker said. “The big question remains: Will the young voters who overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana turn out in large numbers to put Prop 19 over the top?”