UM Poll: Montanans Largely Support Legalizing Marijuana

March 21, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s new online Big Sky Poll found that 51 percent of registered Montana voters support legalizing marijuana, while 37 percent oppose legalization. Eighty percent of Democrats support legalization, along with 33 percent of Republicans.

 When asked, “Do you think marijuana should be legalized in Montana?” responses differed by age. Respondents ages 18-26 and 27-46 showed strong support for legalization, with 67 percent and 64 percent of the age groups answering “yes,” respectively. Fifty-six percent of respondents aged 47-66 support legalization, while 29 percent of voters 67 and older support legalization in Montana.

The Big Sky Poll was conducted online between Feb. 21 and March 1 with 293 registered voters in the state of Montana. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.72 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Use of poll findings requires attribution to the UM Big Sky Poll. 

The poll collects and reports information about Montanans’ perceptions of local, state and federal issues. The Big Sky Poll is led by Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master of Public Administration Program, and Justin Angle, UM associate professor of marketing, in conjunction with eight seminar students from UM’s MPA and business analytics programs.

The survey was commissioned with support from the UM Social Science Research Laboratory. The UM Big Sky Poll will be conducted on an ongoing basis, with its next iteration in fall 2019.

Full results from the poll can be found on the UM Big Sky Poll website at http://umt.edu/bigskypoll.

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Full Results:

Question: Do you think marijuana should be legalized in Montana?

 

Overall Sample

Woman (Female)

Man (Male)

Urban

Rural

Dem.

Rep.

Ind.

Yes

50.5%

51.8%

48.4%

51.1%

49.6%

77.9%

32.7%

45.3%

No

37.4%

37.1%

37.7%

36.9%

37.6%

10.4%

55.8%

42.1%

Don’t know

12.2%

11.2%

13.9%

11.9%

12.8%

11.7%

11.5%

12.6%

 

 

18-26

27-46

47-66

67 or older

Yes

66.7%

63.6%

56.3%

29.3%

No

26.7%

25.8%

33.6%

53.7%

Don’t know

  6.7%

10.6%

10.2%

17.1%

 

 

Some High School

High School/

GED

Some College

Assoc. Degree

Bach. Degree

Post-Bac. (Ph.D., J.D., etc.)

Yes

33.3%

57.1%

53.7%

40.0%

44.0%

54.8%

No

66.7%

33.3%

32.9%

56.7%

38.7%

35.5%

Don’t Know

-

  9.5%

13.4%

  3.3%

17.3%

  9.7%

Disclaimer: All values have been rounded, which may cause some of the totals to not equal 100 percent.

Contact: Sara Rinfret, chair, UM Department of Public Administration and Policy, 406-243-4702, sara.rinfret@mso.umt.edu.