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Flawed Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Losing In Oregon

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oregon measure 91 legalization new approachA new poll was released yesterday by KGW News and the Oregonian, which found Oregon Measure 91 losing by two points. Oregon Measure 91 would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon. Below is a summary of what the poll found:

The Oct. 26-27 survey of 403 likely voters found that 44 percent backed the legalization measure while 46 percent were opposed.  Another 7 percent were unsure and and 2 percent would not say.  The difference between the yes and no sides is well within the poll’s margin of error of 5 percentage points.

The new poll showed a lower level of support for the measure than an Oct. 8-11 survey taken for Oregon Public Broadcasting and Fox 12 that showed 52 percent supported Measure 91 and 41 percent opposed.

The biggest difference in this poll compared to previous polls, all of which showed the measure winning by a significant margin, is that this poll made the assumption that 70%+ of voters for the 2014 Oregon election would be over the age of 51. That’s a very, very large assumption, one that I think discredits this poll quite a bit.

As I’ve stated before, nearly 3/4ths of this blog’s Oregon readers are between the ages of 18-34. There have been well over 600,000 visitors to this blog from Oregon. I urge all of you that fit this description to help get out the vote. Go to DidTheyVote.Org to see if your friends or family members have voted, and if they haven’t, give them a gentle reminder to please do so. A high voter turnout will help ensure that marijuana is legalized in Oregon, and we don’t have another missed opportunity like in 2012. If you are able to, please make a donation to the campaign.

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