December 8, 2020 – Wyoming residents have steadily altering opinions relating to the use and possession of marijuana, in line with a brand new survey by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) on the University of Wyoming.
Over half (54 %) of Wyoming residents now say they support permitting adults in Wyoming to legally possess marijuana for private use. This continues the regular enhance in support noticed from 2014, 2016 and 2018, when support rose from 37 % to 41 % to 49 %, respectively.
Looking throughout age teams, there’s a clear sample of youthful age teams expressing extra support for marijuana legalization. This support decreases as age will increase — this noticed sample is a statistically vital pattern.
There is widespread support amongst youthful Wyoming residents, with a majority of 18- to 24-year-olds (67 %), 25- to 34-year-olds (74 %), 35- to 44-year-olds (68 %) and 55- to 64-year-olds (51 %) supporting legalization. Support for legalization falls under a majority of these aged 45-55 (45 %), 65-74 (40 %) and 75-older (30 %).
According to Rodney Wambeam, a senior analysis scientist at WYSAC, the support for leisure marijuana use displays a lower within the perceived threat or hurt associated to the drug.
“Despite the increasing dangers of marijuana use, such as addiction or drugged driving, young people in particular seem to view marijuana as a safe and natural alternative to alcohol or other illicit drugs,” Wambeam says.
As was the case in 2018, a big majority (85 %) of Wyoming residents say they support the legalization of marijuana for medical functions if a health care provider prescribes it. This has remained regular from 2018, when 86 % reported that they support this.
Three-quarters of Wyoming residents (75 %) consider that individuals convicted of possessing small quantities of marijuana mustn’t serve time in jail. This has elevated from 69 % in 2018 and from 66 % in 2014.
“As laws regarding the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana change around the U.S., especially in nearby states, it’s not surprising to see attitudes in Wyoming change as well,” says Brian Harnisch, senior analysis scientist at WYSAC. “In all bordering states except Idaho, marijuana or medical marijuana has been legalized to some extent or decriminalized.”
The statewide survey was performed Oct. 8-29, yielding 614 responses from randomly chosen Wyoming residents. The margin of error for the distribution of responses on any particular person survey query is plus or minus four share factors. Men and ladies from all age teams are represented, and all counties in Wyoming are proportionally represented within the survey pattern. The last survey knowledge have been weighted to mirror the precise inhabitants distribution in Wyoming on these key demographic traits.
Both landline and mobile phone numbers had been randomly generated for the research, leading to 82 % of accomplished surveys on cell telephones. The survey is funded by WYSAC and UW’s School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies.