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Poll Focuses On Same-Sex Marriage, Medical Marijuana

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Ohioans are split over same-sex marriage, but a majority support the use of medical marijuana. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

In 2004, 62 percent of Ohio voters voted to adopt a constitutional amendment that not only bans gay marriage in Ohio but also prevents gay marriages in a different state from being recognized in the buckeye state.  Now, 50% of Ohioans surveyed say they support same sex marriage.  44% say they are against it.  The poll shows the largest support among younger voters and Democrats while the majority of older voters and Republicans oppose it.  Perhaps the most surprising finding in this poll is that 87% of those surveyed say they support medical marijuana use in Ohio.  When it comes to keeping a small amount of marijuana for personal use, 51% of Ohioans think that should be legal.  Again, support for legalizing pot comes mostly from younger Ohioans while most seniors oppose it.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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