New polling data shows that a majority of Republicans favor the marijuana legalization bill known as the MORE Act.
Last week, moderate Democrats postponed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, delaying the potential marijuana legalization effort until after the November election.
Speaking on the delay of the MORE Act, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stated at the time that the Act has been pushed back to November in order for the House to focus "relentlessly on securing agreement to stave off a damaging government shutdown and continuing to do its job addressing the COVID-19 pandemic."
The MORE Act came under fire from moderate Democrats who urged lawmakers to prioritize COVID-19 relief and support, which the Senate has until October 9th to work out. Moderate Democrats argued that COVID-19 should take priority rather than marijuana legalization.
Data for Progress surveyed 1,212 likely voters nationally using web panel respondents, which was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history.
What is perhaps most interesting about the polling data, is that the justification for the postponement of the MORE Act was that Democrats feared the repercussions of putting a cannabis bill forward amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Moderate Democrats felt that it would be politically damaging to the Democrat Party if they were seen to be prioritizing cannabis over coronavirus aid and relief, and so they pushed to postpone the MORE Act vote.
However, looking at the data, it seems cannabis legalization is welcomed by all political persuasions.
Though what the polling data may not tell readers, is whether or not this bipartisan support for cannabis legalization and the MORE Act, would take precedence over coronavirus relief in the eyes of survey respondents.
Of course, this may seem like a false equivalence, in the sense that legislators do not need to choose either cannabis legalization or coronavirus aid, it would certainly be possible for Republicans to portray Democrats negatively if the MORE Act were to be voted on prior to further COVID-19 aid being given to citizens.
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