A majority of Illinois voters wants to legalize recreational marijuana according to a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU.
Director John Shaw says the numbers are significant.
“I guess I would just say broadly, that, you know, there is strong support for allowing the legalization of recreational use of marijuana by 2/3 of the respondents, which is candidly, a bit higher than I would have expected.”
Sixty-six (66) percent of those surveyed favor the idea.
The Simon Institute poll shows Illinoisans are disappointed with national leaders, furious with state leaders, but approve of their local leaders.
Shaw says about 85 percent believe the state is headed in the wrong direction. And about 64 percent believe the country is headed the wrong way.
“But a surprising number think that their local officials are doing a pretty good job in solving the day-to-day problems of their communities. So, that suggests that on the ground level, there is far more confidence in government.”
This year, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed a tax cut measure.
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