14 Jun 2012

Atlantic Canadians are Divided Regarding the Legalization of Marijuana

HALIFAX: Residents of Atlantic Canada are equally divided in terms of support or opposition of the legalization of marijuana for personal use, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, under one-half (45%) support legalizing marijuana, while a similar number oppose (46%). One in ten Atlantic Canadians are undecided (9%).

“It appears that Atlantic Canadians are at a tipping point in terms of the legalization of marijuana in Canada,” according to Don Mills, Chairman & CEO of Corporate Research Associates Inc. “Certainly, attitudes have been slowly shifting over the past decade or so in favour of the legalization of marijuana for personal use and will likely continue to do so.”

Interestingly, residents of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are most likely to support the legalization of marijuana (49% in NS, and 47% in NL), while those in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are most likely to oppose (53% in NB, and 46% in PE). Across the population, men, younger residents and those in the highest income category are most likely to support marijuana being legalized, while their counterparts are most likely to oppose.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1,518 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from May 10 to June 4, 2012, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830.

View full Media Release here

CRA Corporate Research Associates