COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- By a margin of almost nine to one, Ohio voters support the use of medical marijuana.

According to a polly by Qunnipiac University released Monday, 87 percent favor the medicinal use of marijuana, while 11 percent oppose it.

The gap is much narrower, but 51 percent are in favor of letting adults legally possess marijuana for recreational use, while 44 percent arer opposed.

There is a gender gap as men support personal marijuana use 59 – 37 percent, while women are opposed 51 – 44 percent.   Voters 18 to 29 years old support personal marijuana use 72 – 25 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 65 – 31 percent.

Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 47 percent of voters say, while 14 percent say marijuana is more dangerous and 36 percent say less dangerous.

“Ohioans’ views of marijuana are complicated.  Twice as many voters think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, and about half the state’s voters think the two are equally harmful,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "No one should be surprised that support for legalization is strongest among younger voters.”

On another issue, 50 percent of Ohio voters support same sex marriage, 44 percent oppose it. Women favor it, 55-40 percent, while men are divided with 46 percent supporting and 48 percent opposed.

Voters 18 to 29 years old support same sex marriage 71 – 28 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 59 – 33 percent.

“Given that younger voters support same sex marriage almost 3-1, it would seem to be just a matter of time,” Brown said.  

When asked to pick one of four opinions about abortion, 34 percent of Ohioans favored making it legal in most cases. 27 percent said it should be illegal in most cases. 19 percent said abortion should be legal in all cases while 14 percent thought abortion should be outlawed in all cases.

From February 12 – 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,370 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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