Strong majority say purchase of marijuana would not affect their vote for legislators - 204 participants, 515 responses

Oct 03, 2016

On Friday, September 30, the New Hampshire Attorney General released a report detailing marijuana sales between state legislators in 2015. Four legislators interviewed by the Attorney General admitted to marijuana offenses. Read more about this issue here. On October 3, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would a legislator's purchase of marijuana make you less likely to vote for him or her?”

“Would a legislator's purchase of marijuana make you less likely to vote for him or her?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Marijuana Legislators New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 204 participants gave 515 responses

A total of 82% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 18% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 515 responses from 204 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 86%, say a legislator's purchase of marijuana would not make them less likely to vote for him or her.

  • “Vices are not crimes. If you have a problem with them buying a little weed, you should also have a problem with them buying beer.”
  • “No. I would be more likely to vote for them.”
  • “Unless they were simultaneously promoting marijuana prohibition, I don't think there's anything wrong with it. It should have been legalized already.”

Yes: A minority, at 14% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, say a legislator's purchase of marijuana would make them less likely to vote for him or her.

  • “I would not trust anyone in a position of authority who uses pot.”
  • “It's not only illegal but irresponsible and childish to sell pot and to smoke it at work… Representatives should be expected to stay sober, refrain from dealing and do the people's business.”
  • “Whether you are for marijuana or not, this is a case of them thinking they are above the law. It is currently illegal.”

Other: As noted above, 18% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Decriminalization of marijuana: “Decriminalize it. We need more room in our prisons for real criminals.”
  • Regarding selective enforcement: “Rules for us, but not for them?”
  • Legislators’ voting records: “If they buy and use but constantly vote against legalization, then I would be inclined to vote against them. If they are users and vote for legalization, then I would more than likely support them.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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