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Poll shows support for legalized pot, not for gas tax hike

Posted at 1:36 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 18:36:01-04

Gov. Tony Evers' proposed gas tax increase, legalized pot and the future of special education were all highlights of the latest Marquette University Law School poll.

The latest results come three months after Evers took office.

Eight hundred registered voters in the state were polled between April 3-7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

When asked whether marijuana should be legalized, 59% of voters said it should be legal, while 36% said it shouldn't.

More specifically, medical marijuana, which is a part of Evers' budget proposal, received much more support with 83% approval versus 12% disapproval.

Another part of the budget proposal would increase state aid for special education substantially. When polled on whether there should be this large of an increase, 74% said yes, 19% said no.

However, only 39% support Evers' proposal to increase gas taxes and registration fees to pay for roads and highways; 57% would rather keep them at the current rate.

His approval rating is at 47%, with 37% disapproving of the job he's doing so far.

The Republican-controlled Legislature was doing better. Its approval rating was 50%, with 38% opposed.

On a national level, Poll Director Charles Franklin believes Wisconsin is more evenly divided than ever based on its polling since the 2016 election.

"What had been just a small Democratic advantage from 2012 to 2016 in party identification, self-described partisanship has now shifted to pretty much a dead even balance possibly plus one Republican," Franklin said.

The poll also revealed a variety of opinions on President Trump, the release of the Mueller Report and the current 2020 presidential candidates.

Click here for all the results.