New poll shows large lead for marijuana, redistricting and voter registration proposals

Posted at 12:04 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 12:04:44-04

A new Detroit Free Press and Epic MRA poll shows a large lead for all three ballot proposals in Michigan. All three polls have double-digit margins between those voting for and against the proposals.

According to the poll, 59 percent of people would vote yes for proposal 1 while 41 percent would vote no. Only two percent of people were undecided or refused to answer.

Proposal 1 would legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan, and allow anyone 21 or older to purchase, possess and use marijuana or marijuana-infused edibles. People would also be able to grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their homes, and there would be a 10 percent excise sales tax on marijuana sales at retailers and microbusinesses.

When it comes to an anti-gerrymandering proposal, 59 percent of those polled said they would vote yes with 29 percent saying they would vote no. Of those, 54 percent said they would vote yes and 5 percent are leaning with voting yes, while 26 percent would vote no and 3 percent are leaning toward voting no. There are 12 percent of people who are undecided.

That proposal would amend the state's constitution and create a 13-member commission that would draw congressional boundaries in the state. That commission will consist of four Republicans, four Democrats and five Independents.

Finally, Proposal 3 has the largest margin of support with 68 percent of people saying they'd vote for it with 26 percent saying they're against it. Six percent of people are undecided.

Prop 3 would also amend the state constitution but would make voter registration an easier process. It would allow people to automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver's license or state ID card unless they decline. Also, it would allow absentee voting without providing a reason and cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a party when voting in a partisan general election.

Of those who responded to the poll, 45 percent of them would consider themselves a Democrat and 41 percent a Republican. That breaks down to 31 percent strong democrat, eight percent a "not strong Democrat" and six percent an Independent leaning Democrat, while 27 percent are strong Republicans, eight percent not strong Republican and six percent an Independent-leaning Republican.