There’s a new poll out that shows a majority of Republicans in Indiana favor some form of legalization when it comes to marijuana.

The poll, conducted by BK Strategies, this past September shows that 52 percent of Republicans surveyed favored legalization for both medicinal and recreational use.  While only 40 percent opposed.  That’s compared t0 65 percent of the general population supporting both medicinal and adult use, while only 28 percent opposed it.  Sixty-seven percent of independents supported it, while 20 percent opposed it.

When it comes to legalization for medicinal purposes only, the numbers were much higher.  74-percent of Republicans supported medicinal marijuana use, while only 17-percent opposed it.  For all voters, 79-percent supported medicinal use while on 13-percent were against it.  Among independents, the numbers were 77-9.

When it came to funding critical spending priorities like roads and education, 72-percent of Republicans supported using marijuana fees, while just 10-percent endorsed tax increases.  Among all voters and independents, the number was 71-percent respectively.  Thirteen percent of all voters served supported tax increases while just 12-percent of independents.

On the subject of whether cannabis was immoral, an overwhelming majority said “no”.  Republican – 67 percent, All voters – 78 percent, Independent voters – 85 percent.  Regular churchgoers – 71 percent and “Christian Conservatives” – 61 percent.   

And at the end of the survey, “post-messaging” support for legal and medicinal marijuana went higher.  Republicans – 58-36; All voters 68-25; Independent voters – 70-20.

The results of the BK Strategies poll were pretty similar to one conducted by Indy Politics back in August.  We surveyed more than 400 Marion County voters and found two-thirds of voters (65%) support the full legalization of recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, with an additional 20% supporting the legalization of marijuana strictly for medicinal use.

76% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, and 51% of Republicans support full legalization, with an additional 17% of Democrats and Independents, and 26% of Republicans supporting the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use. 

The BK Strategies poll surveyed 600 likely general election voters with an additional oversample of 100 Republican voters and had a margin of error of +/-4.0 %.  The Republican-specific date had a margin of error of +/-5.3%.