A Campaign Research poll shows more Canadians say legalizing pot will cause them to vote against the Liberals than say they will vote for them because of it.
Legalizing marijuana may not be the vote-getter the Trudeau Liberals expect it to be.
According to a new poll by Campaign Research and first reported by the Hill Times, a plurality of Canadians support legalizing marijuana.
49% approve of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, while 39% are opposed.
However, opposition to the policy seems to be more strongly felt than support for it.
While 15% say they are more likely to vote Liberal because of legal pot, 25% say they will be less likely to vote Liberal because of it. A majority of poll respondents (53%), say it won’t have an impact on whether they vote Liberal or not in 2019.
There are big differences in support for legalization when the results are broken down by party affiliation:
- 61% of Liberals support marijuana legalization.
- 29% of Conservatives support it.
- 55% of New Democrats support it.
Minor impact on election
Despite differences of opinion, Canada has settled into a general consensus that recreational marijuana users shouldn’t be put in jail, and police resources can often be used more effectively. As a result, the issue is no longer a big driver of voter decisions. Pocket-book issues such as taxes, debt, deficits, trade, wages, and jobs are expected to be the key factor in 2019, combined with perceptions of government corruption and dishonesty.
So, if the Liberals were hoping to win in 2019 on the basis of legalizing pot, it looks they’ll have to think again.