More Hoosiers favor legal pot than Pence's tax cut, poll says

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A new poll by Howey Politics Indiana says more Hoosiers are in favor of decriminalizing marijuana than they are a 10-percent state income-tax cut.

The poll, released Tuesday, shows 39-percent approval for Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed 10-percent tax cut. About 47 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of Democrats polled favor the Republican governor’s plan. Another 33 percent of those surveyed support the Senate's proposal for a 3-percent tax cut.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of those polled said they favor decriminalization of marijuana, while 38 percent oppose it. State lawmakers actually are on track to strengthen some pot-possession laws.

Howey’s poll of 600 registered voters was conducted April 18 through April 21 by Bellwether Research pollster Christine Matthews. It has a plus or minus error rate of 4 percent. Sixty-nine percent of respondents were contacted by land telephone lines and 31 percent on mobile phones.

White voters made up 87 percent of those polled, while 8 percent were African-American and 1 percent were Latino. On party affiliation, 33 percent identified as Republican, 24 percent as Democrat and 21 percent as independent.

Other findings:

— Hoosier voters gave Pence a 52-percent favorable rating. Twenty percent had an unfavorable impression and 23 percent had no hard opinion.

— 62 percent say Indiana should allow racetrack casinos to convert electronic games into those using human dealers. Only 19 percent opposed the proposal. Almost 55 percent of Republicans backed the measure, which faces a bleak future in the Legislature.

— 23 percent favor extending Medicaid as called for under the Affordable Care Act, while 48 percent back Pence’s position of extending coverage through the current Healthy Indiana Plan.

— 54 percent favor Indiana’s current course of using Common Core standards in schools, while 26 were opposed and 20 percent said they did not know.

— 50 percent favor a proposed constitutional amendment stating marriage is only between a man and a woman, while 46 percent were opposed. A poll by Howey last October showed 48 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed.

— 83 percent said they support the expanded gun background-check legislation that was recently defeated in the U.S. Senate.


  • A Response to Charlie
    Charlie, I guess you didn't read my first sentence about journalism... reporting on an insignificant pole w/a sensationalistic headline seems like a desperate attempt to get someone to read an article. Saying 600 people polled represents the views of 6.5 million doesn’t even merit a response. Who determined that 600 is enough to draw a meaningful conclusion, why not 400 or 200? Who paid for the study? I could go on and on how the reporting is shoddy, incomplete, and in the end meaningless.
  • Jim can't read
    Jim, you do the math! No where in the article does it say that 72% favor the tax cut so NO the article headline is not wrong> Pence is SO old school Republican that it is scary. Tax cuts are great headlines and heartwarming toward politicians but how realistic are they really. Democrats want the government to do everything for them and Republicans hope that businesses will run everything. Really, we need half of each parties ideals to make the correct mix. Legalize pot and gambling and let individuals be in control of their decision making and not the government. AND- stop forcing GOD and religious garbage on all of us while you secretly sin all of the time...
  • understand polls
    @Jerry if you knew how these studies were done and how polls are created you wouldnt be so quick to bash them. 600 people sounds small, but you act like its randomly walking around downtown indy to get your responses. these polls can be done where they are asking many demographics on both sides of the aisle and typically will get a pretty accurate estimate of the entire group. this was also done by a polling company, not the journalist. basically you showed how little you understand about polling.
    • Pathetic Reporting
      This is some pathetic journalism reporting on a study of 600 people. Really? Some guys will do anything to get people to read an article. Not sure, but 600 people represent what percentage of the state's 6.5 Million people?
      • legalize it!
        its about time we legalize pot in small amounts. instead, we're talking about stiffer penalties??? i'm republican and hate obama and still think this is crazy. while we're taxing pot, let also legalize gambling and tax that. lets let individuals take responsibility in their lives and stop controlling them. if you gamble too much because it becomes legal....tough. deal with the consequences.
      • Sorry Terry
        Howey is the most respected independent pollster in the business.
      • Legalize marijuana
        We need to legalize marijuana and tax it. Why are we taking people off the tax rolls so we can imprison them for smoking marijuana and pay for their room and board when studies are showing marijuana has health benefits?
      • Uh, I forgot what I was, like, uh, gonna, uh, whaaa?
        I can make money growing pot to sell to people who will fail drug tests and never work than the tax cut is going to save me. I say legalize weed, but only if average Hoosiers can grow it as a cash crop.
      • Chin up "Sad Kate"
        If they were simply "ne'er-do-wells" wouldn't they want that free money tax cut check? (They can just continue smoking pot illegally since they're already a ne'er-do-well.) Don't assume that just because someone has a different viewpoint than you, that they're somehow poorly educated.
      • Do the math
        The Howey poll actually shows 72% favor an income tax cut while 56% favor decriminalization of marijuana. Do the math – more people want the income tax cut. This article’s title and opening line are incorrect. Furthermore, of those favoring a cut, 54% prefer Pence's 10% income tax cut over the Senate’s lower 3% cut. Governor Pence campaigned on giving Hoosiers a 10% tax cut.
      • Interesting Results
        This information is directional at best. Polling 600 people should not be used to establish what policies should be. With that said, the results are interesting. The 69% landlines implies an older audience. Who wouldn't want lower taxes? Perhaps older people who pay little and receive benefits. So this could be skewed.
      • Out of Touch
        Just goes to show you that we have elected ourselves a Governor who is totally out of touch with the interests and desires of his constituents. Once again, Indiana will lag behind the rest of the country in adopting legislation that mirrors the reality of the 21st Century.
      • Statistical Analysis
        Polls are nothing more than the pollsters achieving the results wanted, simply by asking a question without a follow-up or add-on question. Question 1: Do you support gun purchase background checks? Answer - (Y) Question 2: If you sold a gun to your brother, do you see anything wrong with a requirement that you inform the government that your brother now possesses your old gun? Answer - (Y) Is your brother a convicted felon? Answer - (Why Do You Ask) Ask better polling questions and the results might change.
        • Sad
          I don't know if it's our poor education system or just a lack of drive but our country has been taken over by ne'er-do-wells.

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