published Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

3 out of 4 Tennesseans support legalizing marijuana in some form

Should pot be legalized?

NASHVILLE -- Three out of every four Tennessee voters say they support legalizing marijuana in some form, be it for personal use or only for medicinal use.

The latest Vanderbilt Poll of 1,245 registered voters, found 76 percent support legalization when both categories are combined. Just 22 percent said it should not be legal.

Another finding: Seventy-one percent of voters say they oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment that gives the General Assembly authority to regulate abortions. Only 23 percent favor it.

Vanderbilt's poll, conducted April 28 to May 14, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

On the marijuana question, 44 percent said marijuana should be legal only for medicinal use while 32 percent said it should be legal for personal use.

Other findings include:

• The poll indicates only a slim majority of Tennesseans kept up with the controversy over the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize Volkswagen's auto assembly plant in Chattanooga.

Just 54 percent of those surveyed said they heard or read "anything about plant workers at the at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga deciding not to join the UAW. Forty-six percent said they had not read or heard anything about it.

But East Tennesseans, where the battle raged between the UAW and Republican politicians, were more familiar with the situation. Sixty-three percent of voters in the eastern part of the state had heard of the vote.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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