Radio NZ / UMR 30 Mar 2016
The research company, UMR, polled 1750 people between January and February. Of those polled, 72 percent said they would support a medical marijuana regime, with 13 percent opposed and 15 percent not sure. Support was spread evenly across all demographics, including age, gender, and even political party support, with only a slight dip to 65 percent among National voters.
UMR executive director Stephen Mills said it was unusual for a poll question to deliver such a decisive result. “I would guess that people would just see it as an utter no-brainer, that if people were in considerable pain or worse and marijuana can provide some relief then they should be allowed to use it. I think it’s just a straight, sympathetic human response to the situation.” (NOTE THE COMPLETE LACK OF INDEPENDENCE)
Mr Mills said respondents’ views on legalising marijuana for personal recreational use were evenly split.