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I. INTRODUCTION
METHODOLOGY
This research study was commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance to assess New Mexico voters attitudes and opinions relating to drug policy reform in the state.
THE INTERVIEW
A random sample of 514 registered voters was interviewed by telephone.
Telephone numbers were generated from the Research & Polling, Inc. database. All
interviews were conducted between January 25th and February 3rd, 2013.
The telephone interviewers are professionals who are brought together for a
training session prior to each survey. This ensures their complete and consistent
understanding of the survey instrument. Surveys were conducted both among
residents with landlines and through random digit dialing of cell phone numbers
(with a screening question in which respondents identified themselves as being a
registered voter).
MARGIN OF ERROR
A sample size of 514 at a 95% confidence level provides a maximum margin of error
of approximately 4.4%. In theory, in 95 out of 100 cases, the results based on a
sample of 514 will differ by no more than 4.4 percentage points in either direction
from what would have been obtained by interviewing all registered voters in New
Mexico.

SAMPLE BIAS
In any survey, there are some respondents who will refuse to speak to the
professional interviewer. A lower response rate among certain types of individuals
can result in a sample wherein certain types of individuals are over-represented or
under-represented. The potential for sampling bias increases as the response rate
decreases. Research & Polling, Inc. often sets quotas for various segments of the
population who are historically undercounted. This has the effect of minimizing, but
not necessarily eliminating, sampling bias.
THE REPORT
This report summarizes the results from each question in the survey and reports on
any variances in attitude or perception, where significant, among demographic
subgroups.

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II. SUMMARY OF RESULTS

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FAVOR OR OPPOSE REDUCING PENALTY FOR ADULT POSSESSION OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA FOR PERSONAL USE
Question: Do you favor or oppose reducing the penalty for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use from a misdemeanor crime to a civil penalty with smaller fines and no jail
time?
Gender

Age

Education

Ethnicity

Parent of a Child Under


the Age of 18

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Male

Female

18 to 34
Years

35 to 49
Years

50 to 64
Years

STRONGLY FAVOR
SOMEWHAT FAVOR
LEAN TOWARDS FAVOR REDUCING PENALTY
LEAN TOWARDS OPPOSE REDUCING PENALTY
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
STRONGLY OPPOSE

41%
16%
1%
2%
8%
29%

47%
16%
1%
1%
8%
24%

35%
17%
1%
2%
9%
33%

51%
15%
2%
1%
5%
24%

40%
16%
0%
0%
13%
26%

46%
16%
1%
3%
7%
25%

DON'T KNOW/NOT SURE/UNDECIDED


WON'T SAY

2%
1%

2%
2%

2%
1%

0%
2%

2%
3%

2%
0%

Some
College

College
Graduate

Graduate
Degree

Hispanic

Anglo

Yes

No

21%
19%
1%
2%
9%
42%

37%
16%
1%
0%
8%
34%

38%
16%
1%
2%
10%
31%

48%
16%
0%
5%
6%
23%

42%
20%
2%
0%
10%
23%

42%
17%
2%
2%
7%
28%

40%
16%
0%
2%
10%
30%

51%
13%
1%
0%
7%
25%

36%
18%
1%
2%
9%
30%

4%
1%

2%
1%

1%
3%

2%
1%

3%
0%

1%
2%

2%
1%

1%
1%

2%
2%

Political affiliation

Very Conservative, Conservative, Moderate,


Liberal or Very Liberal?

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Democrat

Repub lican

STRONGLY FAVOR
SOMEWHAT FAVOR
LEAN TOWARDS FAVOR REDUCING PENALTY
LEAN TOWARDS OPPOSE REDUCING PENALTY
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
STRONGLY OPPOSE

41%
16%
1%
2%
8%
29%

DON'T KNOW/NOT SURE/UNDECIDED


WON'T SAY

2%
1%
Total
Sample
(n=514)

High School
65 Years and Graduate or
Over
Less

Indepen dent

Very
conservative

Conservative

48%
15%
2%
2%
5%
27%

26%
18%
1%
2%
12%
36%

49%
16%
0%
0%
10%
21%

0%
1%

3%
2%

3%
1%

List

Moderate

Albuquerque
Metro

North
Central

Eastside

Landline

Cell phone

25%
11%
0%
0%
9%
49%

29%
18%
0%
3%
12%
36%

44%
19%
2%
2%
11%
21%

63%
12%
2%
2%
1%
18%

45%
17%
1%
1%
10%
22%

50%
13%
0%
3%
3%
29%

37%
24%
2%
2%
3%
29%

33%
25%
2%
0%
4%
34%

28%
4%
0%
3%
18%
45%

38%
16%
1%
2%
9%
32%

52%
17%
0%
3%
7%
17%

3%
2%

2%
0%

1%
1%

0%
1%

2%
3%

1%
1%

2%
0%

1%
0%

2%
0%

2%
1%

3%
2%

Approve or Disapprove of the Job Susana Martinez is


Doing as Governor

Strongly
approve

Region

Liberal /
Very
Liberal

Somewhat Somewhat Strongly


approve disapprove disapprove

Neither

STRONGLY FAVOR
SOMEWHAT FAVOR
LEAN TOWARDS FAVOR REDUCING PENALTY
LEAN TOWARDS OPPOSE REDUCING PENALTY
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
STRONGLY OPPOSE

41%
16%
1%
2%
8%
29%

25%
20%
0%
1%
12%
38%

35%
22%
2%
4%
5%
31%

60%
9%
0%
2%
6%
24%

74%
8%
3%
0%
4%
10%

46%
11%
1%
2%
11%
20%

DON'T KNOW/NOT SURE/UNDECIDED


WON'T SAY

2%
1%

3%
0%

0%
2%

0%
0%

0%
2%

0%
8%

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LIKELIHOOD OF VOTING FOR A STATE REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR WHO VOTES FOR REDUCING THE PENALTY FOR ADULT POSSESSION
Question: And if your state representative and senator voted FOR reducing possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use by adults from a misdemeanor crime to a fine, would you be
more likely to vote for that person, less likely, or would it not make a difference in your vote? And is that much (more/less) likely, or just somewhat (more/less) likely?
Gender

Age

Education

Ethnicity

Parent of a Child Under


the Age of 18

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Male

Female

18 to 34
Years

35 to 49
Years

50 to 64
Years

Some
College

College
Graduate

Graduate
Degree

Hispanic

Anglo

Yes

No

MUCH MORE LIKELY


SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
MUCH LESS LIKELY
WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DEPENDS

19%
11%
5%
18%
40%
4%

22%
16%
6%
13%
37%
4%

16%
7%
5%
23%
43%
4%

24%
11%
6%
13%
41%
2%

22%
12%
5%
18%
37%
5%

20%
10%
6%
17%
40%
4%

8%
14%
4%
25%
42%
5%

17%
15%
4%
20%
36%
3%

18%
8%
6%
19%
44%
4%

25%
11%
4%
13%
42%
5%

18%
11%
7%
19%
39%
4%

21%
10%
5%
18%
41%
2%

19%
10%
4%
20%
40%
4%

26%
9%
7%
14%
40%
3%

16%
13%
4%
20%
40%
4%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

2%

2%

3%

3%

1%

3%

3%

5%

1%

1%

1%

2%

2%

2%

3%

Political affiliation

Very Conservative, Conservative, Moderate,


Liberal or Very Liberal?

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Democrat

Repub lican

MUCH MORE LIKELY


SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
MUCH LESS LIKELY
WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DEPENDS

19%
11%
5%
18%
40%
4%

24%
17%
4%
16%
35%
3%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

2%

2%

Total
Sample
(n=514)

High School
65 Years and Graduate or
Over
Less

Indepen dent

Very
conservative

Conservative

10%
3%
7%
26%
45%
5%

24%
12%
3%
10%
45%
5%

9%
14%
6%
43%
24%
2%

5%

1%

1%

Moderate

North
Central

Eastside

Landline

Cell phone

9%
8%
5%
22%
47%
6%

22%
9%
6%
13%
46%
3%

36%
21%
2%
7%
31%
2%

20%
13%
4%
16%
41%
4%

22%
9%
6%
14%
42%
5%

12%
18%
10%
20%
37%
0%

22%
10%
6%
15%
41%
5%

14%
7%
4%
30%
36%
6%

18%
11%
5%
19%
40%
4%

21%
14%
4%
16%
39%
3%

3%

3%

0%

2%

1%

4%

1%

3%

2%

3%

Approve or Disapprove of the Job Susana Martinez is


Doing as Governor
Somewhat Somewhat Strongly
approve disapprove disapprove

List

Albuquerque
Metro

Strongly
approve

Region

Liberal /
Very
Liberal

Neither

MUCH MORE LIKELY


SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
MUCH LESS LIKELY
WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DEPENDS

19%
11%
5%
18%
40%
4%

10%
8%
6%
22%
46%
6%

11%
14%
5%
23%
42%
3%

32%
14%
7%
17%
28%
0%

50%
11%
4%
4%
30%
1%

16%
13%
4%
17%
42%
8%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

2%

3%

3%

3%

0%

0%

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SUPPORT OR OPPOSE LEGALIZING MARIJUANA SO THAT IT COULD BE TAXED AND REGULATED


Question: Some people have suggested that marijuana should be made legal so that it could be taxed and regulated in a similar way to alcohol and would provide an additional source of revenue for
the state. Marijuana would be available to adults, but there would be restrictions for minors, and on places where it could be purchased and consumed, as is the case with alcoholic beverages.
Would you support or oppose such a measure? Do you strongly (support/oppose) it or just somewhat (support/oppose) it?
Gender

Age

Education

Ethnicity

Parent of a Child Under


the Age of 18

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Male

Female

18 to 34
Years

35 to 49
Years

50 to 64
Years

Some
College

College
Graduate

Graduate
Degree

Hispanic

Anglo

Yes

No

STRONGLY SUPPORT
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
STRONGLY OPPOSE
DEPENDS

36%
16%
7%
33%
4%

41%
20%
5%
27%
1%

32%
11%
9%
38%
6%

47%
18%
5%
24%
3%

35%
20%
6%
31%
3%

36%
14%
7%
33%
5%

25%
10%
11%
44%
2%

34%
13%
7%
37%
3%

36%
16%
9%
33%
4%

39%
22%
3%
25%
5%

40%
12%
10%
34%
2%

37%
16%
8%
28%
5%

35%
15%
8%
36%
2%

42%
18%
6%
28%
4%

34%
14%
8%
35%
3%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

5%

5%

4%

3%

4%

4%

8%

6%

3%

6%

3%

6%

4%

2%

6%

Total
Sample
(n=514)

STRONGLY SUPPORT
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
STRONGLY OPPOSE
DEPENDS
DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

Political affiliation

Very Conservative, Conservative, Moderate,


Liberal or Very Liberal?

Region

List

Democrat

Repub lican

Indepen dent

Very
conservative

Conservative

36%
16%
7%
33%
4%

48%
15%
6%
26%
2%

23%
15%
8%
46%
2%

32%
18%
8%
27%
10%

20%
12%
0%
62%
1%

5%

3%

6%

6%

4%

Total
Sample
(n=514)

High School
65 Years and Graduate or
Over
Less

Moderate

Liberal /
Very
Liberal

Albuquerque
Metro

North
Central

Eastside

Landline

Cell phone

27%
18%
8%
41%
3%

39%
16%
8%
28%
3%

56%
14%
9%
12%
6%

39%
18%
7%
26%
4%

45%
12%
6%
27%
4%

37%
11%
9%
43%
0%

32%
15%
11%
36%
6%

25%
15%
3%
48%
1%

35%
14%
8%
35%
4%

42%
22%
4%
25%
3%

4%

5%

3%

6%

5%

0%

1%

8%

5%

4%

Approve or Disapprove of the Job Susana Martinez is


Doing as Governor

Strongly
approve

Somewhat Somewhat Strongly


approve disapprove disapprove

Neither

STRONGLY SUPPORT
SOMEWHAT SUPPORT
SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
STRONGLY OPPOSE
DEPENDS

36%
16%
7%
33%
4%

25%
14%
8%
44%
5%

32%
19%
7%
36%
2%

44%
12%
13%
22%
4%

63%
6%
7%
15%
5%

47%
28%
1%
19%
2%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

5%

4%

4%

5%

4%

3%

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LIKELIHOOD OF VOTING FOR A STATE REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR WHO VOTES IN FAVOR OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA SO THAT IT COULD BE TAXED AND REGULATED
Question: If your state representative and senator voted in favor of making marijuana legal for adults so that it could be taxed and regulated in a similar way to alcohol, would you be more likely to
vote for that person, less likely, or would it not make a difference in your vote? And is that much (more/less) likely, or just somewhat (more/less) likely?
Gender

Age

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Male

Female

18 to 34
Years

35 to 49
Years

50 to 64
Years

MUCH MORE LIKELY


SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
MUCH LESS LIKELY
WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DEPENDS

20%
12%
7%
21%
34%
3%

22%
17%
4%
17%
33%
3%

18%
8%
9%
25%
34%
4%

28%
14%
7%
13%
34%
2%

22%
20%
7%
17%
31%
3%

20%
10%
5%
21%
37%
3%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

3%

4%

2%

2%

0%

4%

Total
Sample
(n=514)

MUCH MORE LIKELY


SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
MUCH LESS LIKELY
WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DEPENDS
DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

Ethnicity

Parent of a Child Under


the Age of 18

High School
65 Years and Graduate or
Over
Less

Some
College

College
Graduate

Graduate
Degree

Hispanic

Anglo

Yes

No

9%
6%
9%
34%
33%
4%

18%
12%
8%
25%
31%
2%

22%
12%
5%
25%
31%
4%

22%
16%
7%
10%
40%
3%

19%
10%
8%
19%
35%
5%

21%
12%
5%
20%
37%
1%

19%
13%
7%
22%
32%
4%

30%
12%
7%
16%
31%
3%

16%
12%
7%
23%
35%
3%

5%

4%

1%

2%

3%

3%

2%

1%

4%

Political affiliation

Very Conservative, Conservative, Moderate,


Liberal or Very Liberal?

Region

List

Democrat

Repub lican

Indepen dent

Very
conservative

Conservative

20%
12%
7%
21%
34%
3%

26%
14%
6%
18%
33%
1%

14%
8%
7%
30%
33%
5%

18%
17%
7%
12%
38%
4%

10%
8%
10%
46%
15%
5%

3%

3%

4%

3%

5%

Total
Sample
(n=514)

Education

Moderate

Liberal /
Very
Liberal

Albuquerque
Metro

North
Central

Eastside

Landline

Cell phone

14%
11%
7%
23%
39%
4%

24%
11%
5%
19%
36%
2%

30%
22%
2%
9%
33%
3%

22%
13%
8%
16%
32%
5%

29%
12%
4%
18%
34%
2%

14%
14%
7%
24%
38%
0%

19%
14%
6%
24%
32%
5%

12%
8%
5%
35%
35%
1%

19%
11%
7%
23%
33%
3%

23%
18%
3%
15%
35%
3%

2%

3%

1%

4%

1%

3%

0%

4%

3%

2%

Approve or Disapprove of the Job Susana Martinez is


Doing as Governor

Strongly
approve

Somewhat Somewhat Strongly


approve disapprove disapprove

Neither

MUCH MORE LIKELY


SOMEWHAT MORE LIKELY
SOMEWHAT LESS LIKELY
MUCH LESS LIKELY
WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DEPENDS

20%
12%
7%
21%
34%
3%

12%
9%
7%
27%
37%
5%

20%
9%
9%
25%
35%
0%

23%
30%
8%
16%
19%
0%

38%
11%
4%
7%
31%
7%

23%
14%
3%
12%
41%
5%

DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

3%

3%

2%

4%

2%

2%

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DEMOGRAPHICS
TOTAL SAMPLE (N=514 REGISTERED VOTERS)
GENDER

REGION

MALE
FEMALE

49%
51%

18 TO 34 YEARS
35 TO 49 YEARS
50 TO 64 YEARS
65 YEARS AND OVER

24%
23%
31%
22%

AGE

ETHNICITY
HISPANIC
ANGLO
NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN
BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN
ASIAN-AMERICAN
OTHER
WON'T SAY

36%
50%
5%
1%
1%
5%
2%

EDUCATION
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE OR LESS
SOME COLLEGE
COLLEGE GRADUATE
GRADUATE DEGREE
WON'T SAY

30%
32%
20%
17%
1%

ALBUQUERQUE METRO
NORTH CENTRAL
NORTHWEST
SOUTH/SOUTHWEST
EASTSIDE

45%
15%
11%
15%
15%

PARENT OF A CHILD UNDER 18


YES
NO

31%
69%

POLITICAL AFFILIATION
DEMOCRAT
REPUBLICAN
INDEPENDENT/D-T-S/OTHER
WON'T SAY

48%
33%
18%
1%

POLITICAL VIEWS
VERY CONSERVATIVE
CONSERVATIVE
MODERATE
LIBERAL
VERY LIBERAL
DON'T KNOW/WON'T SAY

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11%
30%
34%
15%
4%
6%