Poll: Marijuana legalization favored, charter school expansion opposed

Hillary Clinton has 30-point lead in latest Western New England University poll

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters are likely to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, but are skeptical of a plan that would allow an increase in charter schools, a new poll finds. The Western New England University Poll released Friday also shows where voters stand on two other ballot questions, as well as the presidential race.

The survey, conducted between October 23 and November 2, found that Ballot Question 4, which would legalize pot for people over 21, has the support of 61% of likely voters, and the backing of all demographic groups, except for registered Republicans and voters over age 65.

Ballot Question 2, which would allow the lifting of the cap on the number of charter schools, is opposed by 52% of likely voters and supported by 39%. In an inverse of the results on Question 4, Question 2 is opposed by all major demographic groups surveyed, with the exception of Republicans and older voters, who favor a “yes” vote.

Ballot Question 1, which deals with allowing an additional slots parlor in the state, is opposed by all demographic groups surveyed, and trails 50% to 32% overall. Question 3, which would prohibit the raising of farm animals in confined spaces, is supported by all demographic groups, with 65% of likely voters saying they will vote “yes” and 25% saying they will vote “no.”

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, continues to hold a very comfortable lead in Massachusetts, with a 30-point difference between her and Republican Donald Trump. Clinton draws the support of 56% of likely Massachusetts voters to 26% for Trump.

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