Arkansas’s governor and other conservative officials have their work cut out for them as they attempt to convince voters to reject a marijuana legalization initiative that will appear on the November ballot, a new poll suggests. This comes as the state Supreme Court weighs a legal challenge that will decide whether votes on the proposal will end up being counted.
The survey from Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College that was released on Thursday found that 59 percent of likely voters in Arkansas are in favor of the ballot measure, with just 29 percent opposed and 13 percent undecided.
The question that the pollster put to respondents specifically talked about the initiative, rather than the general concept of legalization. Support is also notably higher for the ballot-specific question compared to when the same firm surveyed voters about the issue in February, when 54 percent said they back the policy change.
Here’s the language of the latest question:
“On November 8th, voters will be asked to consider one proposed constitutional amendment proposed by the people. Issue 4 would authorize the possession, personal use, and consumption of cannabis by adults in Arkansas sold by licensed adult use dispensaries and provide for the regulation of those facilities. If the election were held today, would you vote for or against Issue 4?”
The poll revealed majority support across multiple demographics, and there’s now plurality support among Republicans despite a…