Medical Marijuana
Pros and Cons
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Below are various ways to sort our 1,263 requests for response sent to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and Gubernatorial candidates (prior to the Nov. 5th elections) on the question "Should smoked marijuana be a medical option now?"327 responses we have received as of Nov. 5, 2002.

[Note: We have incorporated into our responses the recent results of effectively the same question from Wisconsin NORML and the Drug Policy Alliance polls, and some results from third parties representing the candidates' views on the question.]

I. Recap:
Party: U.S. Senate House of Rep. Gubernatorial Combined # of Responses
  YES NO YES NO YES NO YES NO Requested Received
Democrat: 3 0 44 3 2 1 79.03% 6.78% 410 62
Green: 9 0 19 0 12 0 100% 0% 53 36
Independent: 9 2 5 1 6 0 74.07% 11.11% 51 27
Libertarian: 16 0 93 0 12 0 99.18% 0% 196 122
Republican: 1 4 14 13 1 4 34.04% 44.68% 443 47
Other: 4 4 11 3 6 1 63.64% 24.24% 110 33
TOTAL 42 10 186 20 35 6 80.43% 11.01% 1,263 327

II. Responses per Party (combined U.S. Sentate, House and Governor races):
Party #/% of Responses to Medical MJ Total # of Responses Received Total Requests Sent % Responses
Yes No Un* Rf*
1. Democrat 49
79.03%
4
6.45%
6
9.68%
2
4.84%
62 410 15.12%
2. Green 36
100%
0
0%
0
0%
0
0%
36 53 67.92%
3. Independent 20
74.07%
3
11.11%
4
14.81%
0
0%
27 51 52.94%
4. Libertarian 121
99.18%
0
0%
0
0%
1
0.82%
122 196 62.24%
5. Republican 16
34.04%
21
44.68%
6
12.77%
4
14.81%
47 443 10.61%
6. Other 21
63.64%
8
24.24%
4
12.12%
0
0%
33 110 30.00%
7. TOTAL 263
80.43%
36
11.01%
20
6.12%
8
2.45%
327 1,263 25.89%

III. Cumulative votes by party in the combined races (U.S. Senate, House and Governor):
Party/Responses # of Responses # of Comb. Total % of Responses of Total Received
(Col. F ÷ 327)
U.S. Senate House Governor
1. Democrat
- Yes
3 44 2 49 14.98%
- No 0 3 1 4 1.22%
- Undecided 4 2 0 6 1.83%
- Refused 2 1 0 3 0.92%
Dem. Total 9 50 3 62 18.96%
2. Republican
- Yes
1 14 1 16 4.89%
- No 4 13 4 21 6.42%
- Undecided 0 5 1 6 1.83%
- Refused 2 2 0 4 1.22%
Rep. Total 7 34 6 47 14.37%
3. Libertarian
- Yes
16 93 12 121 37.0%
- No 0 0 0 0 0%
- Undecided 0 0 0 0 0%
- Refused 1 0 0 1 0.31%
Lib. Total 17 93 12 122 37.31%
4. Green
- Yes
9 19 8 36 11.01
- No 0 0 0 0 0%
- Undecided 0 0 0 0 0%
- Refused 0 0 0 0 0%
Green Total 9 19 8 36 11.01
5. Independent
- Yes
9 5 6 20 6.12
- No 2 1 0 3 0.92
- Undecided 2 0 2 4 1.22
- Refused 0 0 0 0 0%
Ind. Total b>13 6 8 27 8.26
6. Other
- Yes
4 11 6 21 6.42
  - No 4 3 1 8 2.45%
- Undecided 3 0 1 4 1.22%
- Refused 0 0 0 0 0%
Other Total 11 14 7 33 10.09%

IV. Requests to the question sent out for response:
Candidates
Candidate Party affiliation U.S. Senate House Governor # requests for response # responses received % responded
1. Democrat 33 333 44 410 62 15.12%
2. Republican 33 354 56 443 47 10.61%
3. Libertarian 16 160 20 196 122 62.24%
4. Green 7 30 16 53 36 67.92%
5. Independent 15 9 27 51 27 52.94%
6. Other 15 71 24 110 33 30.0%
7. Total 119 957 187 1,263 327 25.89%
8. # of responses received 66 216 45 327
9. % of responses received 20.18% 66.06% 13.76% 100%

V. Responses to the Question received:
Candidates
1. U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor Total
2. Candidate/
Responses:
Yes No Un* Rf* Yes No Un* Rf* Yes No Un* Rf*
3. Democrat 3 0 4 2 44 3 2 1 2 1 0 0 62
4. Republican 1 4 0 2 14 13 5 2 1 4 1 0 47
5. Libertarian 16 0 0 1 93 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 122
6. Green 9 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 36
7. Independent 9 2 2 0 5 1 0 0 6 0 2 0 27
8. Other 4 4 3 0 11 3 0 0 6 1 1 0 33
9. Total 42 10 9 5 186 20 7 3 35 6 4 0 327
10. Total Responses Returned 66 216 45 327
11. % Returned 55.46% 22.57% 24.06% 25.89%

 

*Un = Undecided; Candidate acknowledged request of the poll question, but said he or she was currently undecided.

*Rf = Refused; candidate acknowledged receipt of the poll question, but has refused or declined to answer for various reasons. When reasons were given, they are posted in the candidate-by-candidate charts.

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