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Poll: NJ Residents Divided On Marijuana Legalization, Though Most Feel Alcohol Is More Dangerous

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TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – A new poll reveals New Jerseyans are divided on whether or not marijuana should be legalized, but most believe alcohol and tobacco are still more dangerous.

That’s according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll that’s reportedly the first on the topic since NJ Senator Scutari introduced a marijuana legalization bill.

According to the survey, 48 percent of New Jersey residents are for legalization, while an almost equal percentage, 47 percent are against it.

Men are more likely than women and younger adults more likely than older ones to support legalization.

Interestingly, 59 percent of those polled feel alcohol poses more of a danger than marijuana, and the results were nearly identical for tobacco.

And while Democrats are divided on the severity of marijuana use, most Republicans feel smoking pot is a serious problem – 68 percent.

According to Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press, the poll was conducted in January 2014 and surveyed just over 800 New Jersey residents. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percent.

For more info on the poll, visit: www.monmouth.edu/polling

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