The voters of Oregon are evenly split on the issue of marijuana legalization, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. The poll found that 43 percent of voters think the use of marijuana should be legal, while 46 percent think in general that using marijuana should remain illegal. This three point divide is within the poll’s 3.7% margin of error. From PPP:

Oregon
PPP (6/21-24)
In general, do you think marijuana usage should be legal or illegal?
Legal ……………………………………………………… 43%
Illegal …………………………………………………….. 46%
Not sure ………………………………………………….. 11%

There is a large partisan divide on the issue of marijuana legalization. A majority of Democrats support it (56% legal -30% illegal) and so do a plurality of Independents (47% legal -38% illegal). What keeps overall support down, though, is that Republicans in the state strongly oppose it, 75 percent think it should be illegal while just 19 percent of them think it should be legal.

The large age divide on the issue indicates time is clearly on the side of marijuana legalization supporters, though. The majority of voters under 46 think marijuana use should be legal, but that is countered by strong opposition from senior citizens. As time goes on and the older generations are naturally replaced by the young ones, support for legalization should continue to grow.

Barring a major cultural shift on the issue, it is only a matter of time before the demographic trends result in a solid majority of voters in Oregon believing cannabis should be legal.