Supporters of Amendment 64 — the proposed change to Colorado’s constitution that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 years and older in the state — were dealt more good news on Saturday, with a new poll showing a majority of voters in favor of the measure.
The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA and commissioned by the Denver Post, shows 51 percent of likely Colorado voters support Amendment 64, compared with 40 percent who oppose the measure. Eight percent are undecided.
Polls have consistently pegged Amendment 64 as a favorite to pass in November, including a survey last week from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) that showed the measure winning by 9 points. The PollTracker Average currently shows 49.7 percent support Amendment 64, while 39.3 percent oppose.
It remains to be seen what effect, if any, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s public opposition to Amendment 64 will have on the campaign. Hickenlooper, an extremely popular figure in the state, weighed in on the legalization effort earlier this week, saying in a statement, “Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them.”
Meanwhile, opponents to the measure moved quickly to quash any momentum provided to the pro-amendment contingent from Saturday’s poll. In a statement provided to TPM, Roger Sherman, director of the “No On 64” campaign, acknolwedged the challenges facing his side while maintaining confidence that voters will ultimately reject the amendment.
“We always knew it would be an uphill battle to fully inform Coloradans about this dangerous, deceptive amendment to our state constitution,” Sherman wrote. “But we believe voters are smart enough to understand why Amendment 64 is wrong for Colorado and will vote No.”