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Poll: NY voters support legalizing marijuana

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes funding a study to examine whether the state should legalize marijuana, a new poll found a majority of New York voters support allowing the recreational use of the drug.

The Siena College poll released Monday found 56 percent of New York voters surveyed support legalizing recreational marijuana. Two-thirds of Democrats and 57 percent of independents are supportive, while 57 percent of Republicans oppose the idea.

A majority of voters from New York City (60 percent), the downstate suburbs (55 percent) and upstate (52 percent) back legalizing marijuana.

There is an age disparity in the level of support for recreational marijuana, according to Siena pollster Steve Greenberg.

"Voters 55 and older are closely divided, while three-quarters of voters under 35 support legalization," Greenberg said.

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