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Quinnipiac poll shows more Ohioans now support gay marriage, marijuana than oppose
Younger Ohioans are more likely to hold these opinions than seniors
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohioans now show majority support for the legalization of marijuana.
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A new Quinnipiac Poll shows Ohioans may be softening their traditional opposition to gay marriage and marijuana use.

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In 2004, 62 percent of Ohio voters adopted a constitutional amendment that not only bans gay marriage in Ohio but also prevents gay marriages in a different state from being recognized in the Buckeye state. 

Now, 50 percent of Ohioans surveyed say they support same sex marriage. 44 percent say they are against it. The poll shows the largest support among younger voters and Democrats ,while the majority of older voters and Republicans oppose it. 

Perhaps the most surprising finding in this poll is that 87 percent of those surveyed say they support medical marijuana use in Ohio. When it comes to keeping a small amount of marijuana for personal use, 51 percent of Ohioans think that should be legal. 

Again, support for legalizing pot comes mostly from younger Ohioans while most seniors oppose it.

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