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Poll: New Yorkers support marijuana legalization, Gillibrand presidency over de Blasio

Poll: New Yorkers support marijuana legalization, Gillibrand presidency over de Blasio

New poll released with a look at registered New York voters’ views
Poll: New Yorkers support marijuana legalization, Gillibrand presidency over de Blasio
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) talks with staff while waiting for an elevator Jan. 17, 2018.
Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

A majority of New York voters support marijuana legalization and would prefer that Gov. Andrew Cuomo not seek a fourth term, although they favor him the most they have since March 2018, according to a recent poll.

The Siena College Research Institute released a poll Monday with a look at registered New York voters’ views on the Legislature, the possibility of another Cuomo term in Albany and several other issues, such as the legalization of marijuana. The poll comes toward the end of the 2019 legislative season and highlights what local voters are most concerned about.

Fifty-five percent of voters, according to the poll, are in support of recreational marijuana legalization (55-40), up from April’s 52-42 percent poll.

Voters 35 and younger favor it 75%-23%, while voters 55 and older oppose it 54%-42%.

Voters are also in favor of eliminating the religious exemption for vaccinating children (84%-13%).

In terms of upcoming elections,New Yorkers prefer a Kirsten Gillibrand presidency over one by Bill de Blasio. But both are leading President Donald Trump, Gillibrand by 24 points and de Blasio by 12.

As for Cuomo,  voters gave him his best rating in more than a year -- two-thirds of Democrats and New York City voters view him favorably -- but he is not well-rated among upstate voters and Republicans.

Democrats and New York City voters are divided on Cuomo’s plan to run for a fourth term. But two-thirds of independents, “downstate suburbanites” and upstaters think he should not run, same for 80% of Republicans, according to the poll.

New Yorkers overwhelmingly support adding an Equal Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Republicans support it 56%-30%, independents support it 70%-17% and Democrats support it 82%-11%. Seventy percent of voters from every region support it, according to the poll.

Also, a majotiry of voters still oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license, 53%-41% (similar to the 55%-40% percent opposition in April).

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