New Tulchin Research Poll Is Part of the ACLU’s Effort to Form a Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Legalization Lead by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
A new Tulchin Research poll finds that a solid majority of voters in California support a proposal to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The ACLU Thursday released results from this poll which shows ever-growing support for taxing and regulating marijuana among likely 2016 California voters across political, racial and geographic lines. The poll results make clear that voters offer strong support for legalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services. Specifically, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of voters support a proposal to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in California for adults. In fact, nearly half (46 percent) of voters strongly support such a sample measure compared to less than a third of voters (27 percent) who strongly oppose it.
The proposal put to the 1,200 respondents likely to vote in November 2016 makes it clear that marijuana would still be illegal for minors and that there would be penalties for DUI. The sample measure also references the revenue that would be raised with a tax and the types of services that might be funded. When all of this is put together in a ballot measure, the poll finds strong support for legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana across a wide range of demographic groups.
The ACLU of California announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will chair a blue ribbon panel that will study the complex legal and policy issues that must be resolved as California considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults. [Read more →]
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Defenders of Wildlife Polling Finds Strong Support For Wolf Recovery in Pacific Northwest and Southwest
A series of recent polls conducted by Tulchin Research on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife finds strong support for restoring gray wolf populations in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and New Mexico. Our research finds that voters overwhelmingly believe wolves to be a vital part of America’s natural heritage and want to ensure that wolf populations in their states are protected to ensure recovery and prevent extinction. [Read more →]
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Pollster Ben Tulchin appeared on Digital Politics Radio this afternoon. He and host Karen Jagoda discussed local power and testing in education and polling on complex hot-button issues. You can listen to the two segments at Digital Politics Radio’s website:
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Hot Issues for Voters
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New Poll Conducted for PACE/USC Rossier School of Education by Tulchin Research and M4 Strategies Shows Support For Keeping Power With Local Educators and Dchool Boards, But Not Without Accountability
Despite calls from Sacramento to reduce standardized testing in California public schools, voters strongly support the use of state standardized tests, both as an essential way to measure student performance and as an important element in teachers’ evaluations, a new PACE/USC Rossier School of Education Poll shows.
Nearly two-thirds of California voters said students should be tested in every grade level to ensure they are progressing, as opposed to 22 percent of voters who said California should cut back on testing. Among parents with school children, 66 percent said California should test students in each grade level and 25 percent said the state should cut back. [Read more →]
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We are delighted that our successful and sophisticated campaign with Hawaii’s Pacific Resource Partnership to support a pro-rail candidate in the Honolulu mayor’s race has just received recognition from one of Hawaii’s leading independent blogs. In a recent post on iLind, guest contributor Neal Milner writes that “PRP was using modern, Obama-campaign-like methods” that allowed us to precisely target voters and run an effective campaign. We are proud to say that this type of research is emblematic of our work here at Tulchin Research, and we look forward to continuing to work with PRP on their ongoing campaigns in Hawaii.
Pollster Ben Tulchin appeared on Digital Politics Radio this afternoon. He and host Karen Jagoda discussed off-year elections and how digital tools can change the way government operates. You can listen to the two segments at Digital Politics Radio’s website:
Government and Digital Tools
In what is supposed to be an “off-year” for campaigns and politics, Tulchin Research and its team of all-star analysts have been hard at work helping our clients win political, advocacy and communications campaigns. A few recent highlights include:
- Electing State Senator Curren Price to the Los Angeles City Council in District 9 – We worked closely with Curren and his team in providing polling, messaging and targeting strategy in this come-from-behind victory. The State Senator began the race a distant 4th and surged to finish 1st in the primary and then carried that momentum to win a hard-fought general election. Tulchin had also worked closely with Curren when he came from behind to win his State Senate seat in a special election in 2009.
- Helping guide Assemblywoman Norma Torres to capturing a State Senate special election in California – We provided multiple rounds of polling in both the primary and run-off for an effective IE as Norma won this Inland Empire-based district and defeated a well-known local Republican mayor to ensure Democrats maintain their 2/3 super-majority in the State Legislature. Despite an unpredictably low turnout in this special election that risked tilting against Democrats, our polling was spot-on and accurately predicted her margin of victory in both the primary and general. Tulchin also polled for Torres when she first won her seat for Assembly.
- Working with Dallas City Council candidate Bobby Abtahi – We are polling for and providing ongoing strategic counsel to Bobby Abtahi’s campaign for Dallas City Council in District 14. A political newcomer, Bobby entered a crowded field with limited name ID. Drawing upon our research findings, we worked with the campaign to develop a strategic blueprint and build a winning coalition that enabled Bobby to leapfrog several better known opponents and finish a strong second place, shocking the political establishment and heading into the run-off with momentum.
- Accurately predicting the outcomes of a medical marijuana ballot measure and the Mayor’s race in Los Angeles – With polling data all over the place in the competitive LA mayor’s race and the multiple medical marijuana measures on the ballot, our polling accurately predicted Eric Garcetti would win the mayor’s race by a narrow margin and that Proposition D, which limits the number of marijuana dispensaries and raises taxes by a small amount on medicinal pot, would win by a comfortable margin.
- Defending California’s Senate Democratic Supermajority – We are polling on behalf of an IE in the California State Senate District 16 special election to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Michael Rubio. In an open primary field with three Democrats and only one Republican, our research helped guide a successful effort to significantly boost Democrat Leticia Perez’s support among Latinos to force a run-off and deny victory to a Tea Party Republican.
Beyond these recent electoral successes, we are continuing to work closely with our current clients in providing them accurate polling data, messaging and strategic advice as they pursue their objectives.
Let us know how we can help you deal with your public opinion research needs.