Prop 19 on Legal Pot Is in Trouble

Bid to legalize marijuana is suddenly trailing in the polls
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 5:58 PM CDT
In this 1997 file photo, a grower smells a marijuana plant in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(Newser) – Proposition 19 may have captured a lot of media attention, but the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in California is suddenly in jeopardy. It's trailing 51% to 39% in a new Los Angeles Times poll after leading much of the way until now. The problem, apparently, is that supporters haven't raised the kind of money necessary for a sustained ad campaign on television.

Generally speaking, Democrats and independents favor the measure, and Republicans oppose it. While Latinos initially seemed to support it, they now oppose it 2 to 1. Men are evenly split, while more women don't like it, and both sides see one group in particular as a key swing vote: mothers. The poll is the second this week to show waning support—a Public Policy Institute of California survey found 44% for it and 49% opposed.

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