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A sign celebrates the day at the Botana Care marijuana store just before opening the doors to customers for the first time in Northglenn, Colorado January 1, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking A sign celebrates the day at the Botana Care marijuana store just before opening the doors to customers for the first time in Northglenn, Colorado January 1, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking  

Poll: Coloradans happier than ever with legal pot

More than a year after legalizing marijuana — and two months after allowing it to be sold in retail stores — Coloradans are more convinced than ever that they made the right decision.

A new poll by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling shows that more Colorado voters support legal pot than when they passed Amendment 64 in 2012. The breakdown is now 57 percent in favor of legalization to 35 percent opposed. In 2012, voters legalized pot 55-44 percent.

“Even though most voters are fine with marijuana being legal, it’s not because they’ve partaken themselves,” pollsters reported. “Only 8 percent say they’ve used marijuana since it became legal to 89 percent who said they haven’t and 3 percent who ‘don’t care to say.’”

But a slight plurality of voters — 33 percent — say legalizing marijuana has made the state worse, compared to 31 percent who say it’s made Colorado better. Thirty percent say it hasn’t made much of a difference.

The poll also found a record high support for gay marriage among Colorado voters, with 56 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed.

“There’s been a 20 point net increase in support for it since August of 2011 when we found voters in the state evenly divided on the issue,” PPP reported.

On civil unions, the support is overwhelmingly in favor, 79-18 percent.

“Even 66 percent of Republican voters at least support civil unions,” the pollsters said.

On the generic question of whether Coloradans would vote for a Democratic or Republican candidate for president, voters are evenly split 43-43, with 14 percent unsure.

Democrat Hillary Clinton beats all of her potential candidates in hypothetical races, with Republican Rand Paul being the closest contender, 47-44 percent.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz leads a crowded field of Republican candidates with 17 percent, followed closely by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (15 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (14 percent).

Among those polled, 27 percent described themselves as “moderate,” 35 percent as very or somewhat liberal and 39 percent as very or somewhat conservative.

The margin of error is 4.1 percent overall, with 6.1 percent for Republican candidates.

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