Actually, Marijuana Legalization Might Improve Relative Youth Turnout

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 11:14 am

It appears that marijuana legalization on the ballot may actually improve youth turnout. Over at FiveThirtyEight Harry Enten disputes this conventional wisdom, but I believe his argument suffers from two important flaws. First, he looks at the Current Population Survey (CPS) to determine the percent of the overall electorate in 2008 and 2012 that was 18-29: [...]

Pot Legalization on the Ballot Dramatically Increased Youth Turnout

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 11:29 am

One important take away from this election may be that if you want to significantly increase youth turnout, put marijuana legalization on the ballot. Both nationally and in the important swing states, the percentage of the vote that came from adults under 30 was basically unchanged since the 2008 election. According to the exit polling [...]

Majority of Voters in Washington State Support Marijuana Legalization

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 8:16 am

A new Elway Poll (PDF) (via Publicola) found that 54 percent of Washington State voters support an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state while only 43 percent of voters in the state lean toward opposing such an initiative. The poll did, however, find that the support side contained significantly more leaners than the opposition. [...]

Even in Loss, Prop 19 Got More Votes Than Every Major GOP Candidate

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 12:01 pm

I plan to eventually do a much more in-depth analysis of Proposition 19′s modest loss in California, but I thought I would share some initial thoughts. With 97.1 percent reporting, there were 3,359,776 votes for the measure (46.2%) and 3,906,895 votes against (53.8%). The measure lost by 7.6 percent, which is significant but not particularly [...]

Poll Finds Evidence Prop 19 is Motivating Young Voters

By: Monday October 25, 2010 6:07 pm

Yes, marijuana legalization can motivate young people to vote. Today, there is new evidence from PPP that Proposition 19, the effort legalize marijuana in California, is in fact motivating people to go vote this year. From Tom Jensen at PPP: One of the big questions in California this year has been how big of an [...]


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