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OPB Poll: Oregonians Leaning Toward Legalizing Recreational Pot

OPB | May 8, 2014 11:07 a.m. | Updated: May 8, 2014 7:53 p.m. | Portland

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Oregonians appear to be leaning towards legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a new OPB poll.

The last time Oregonians voted on legalizing pot was in 2012. The measure failed, garnering only 47 percent of the vote.

But a new poll by DHM Research finds that 54 percent of voters now support legalization for adults aged 21 and older.

Pollster John Horvick says the survey of 400 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent, meaning majority support is not completely reliable.

“If I’m a supporter of legalization, these numbers have to be encouraging,” he said. “They’re up from our last survey. But success or failure is going to be highly contingent on what actually makes the ballot and how well their campaigns are run.”

There are a number of different campaigns with different approaches trying to gather signatures for the November ballot.

Momentum appears to favor legalization. The last time DHM polled the issue a year and a half ago, only 43 percent were in favor of legalization.

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