Idahoans greatly favor Prop 2 on November’s ballot, a citizen initiative that would fully expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
And, while it won’t be on the ballot, Idahoans also greatly support legalizing medical marijuana to treat various diseases and pain control, finds IPW pollster Dan Jones & Associates.
You can read about opposition to Idaho’s Prop 2 – Medicaid expansion – here.
An effort to legalize medical marijuana in some form collapsed earlier this year, and will not be on the Nov. 6 ballot. You can read about that effort here.
Jones also finds that most Idahoans are against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, as several other states around Idaho have already done.
Some of Jones’ findings:
Medicaid expansion should sail through the election.
- All Idahoans “somewhat” or “strongly” support Prop 2, 70-23 percent, with only 7 percent undecided.
- Men favor it, 64-29 percent; women favor it, 75-17 percent.
- Even Republicans like giving Medicaid health insurance to around 65,000 low-income Idahoans, 59-31 percent.
- Democrats like expansion, 90-5 percent.
- Independents favor it, 75-20 percent.
For nearly a decade, backers of medical marijuana in Idaho have failed to get it on the ballot. And they failed again this year.
But if it made it – depending, of course, exactly how the prescription/dispensing is handled – they would find healthy support:
- 79 percent of Idahoans told Jones they would support some kind of medical marijuana in the state.
- Only 19 percent oppose the idea, 2 percent “don’t know.”
Young Idahoans really like the idea – 81 percent of 18-29-year-olds favor it.
Even older Idahoans – 70 and above – favor it, 65-29 percent.
Republicans, Democrats, political independents, all favor medical marijuana.
In Utah, the leaders of the LDS Church (Mormons) are fighting against a ballot initiative on medical marijuana this year – and polling by Jones in the Beehive State shows opposition by their church leaders are turning active Mormons away from the ballot proposition.
However, since there is no medical marijuana vote this year in Idaho, Mormon leaders haven’t gotten active here. And Jones finds that Idaho Mormons support some kind of medical marijuana, 68-29 percent.
Finally, Idahoans are against legalizing marijuana for recreational use – in other words, adults could buy it and use it like they do alcohol.
- By 58-40 percent, all Idahoans are against recreational use of legal marijuana.
- All age groups except the youngest, 18-29, are against it. But the young adults favor recreational marijuana, 60-37 percent.
- Republicans are against recreational marijuana, 73-26 percent.
- Democrats are for it, 56-42 percent.
- And political independents are split down the middle of the joint, 47-47 percent.
Jones polled 606 adults from June 22- July 9. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percent.