Survey, albeit unscientific, says majority of St. Pete residents support decriminalization of marijuana

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St. Pete Polls has released the results of general survey of city residents. Among the insights revealed, you might be surprised to know that a clear majority of St. Pete residents surveyed support de-criminalization of marijuana.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said that they would support making the possession of small amounts of marijuana a non-criminal offense if it would free up police resources and raise money for the city.

Other survey results include:

  • Do you think the city installing red light cameras was a good thing? Yes:  48.2%; No: 51.8%
  • Do you approve of how the City Council is doing their job? Yes: 51.0%; No: 49.0%
  • Do you approve of how Bill Foster is doing as Mayor? Yes: 57.8%; No: 42.2%
  • Do you support the proposal to allow the upgrading of 6 billboards along the interstate to digital billboards in exchange for permanently removing 80 traditional billboards from around the city? Yes: 64.1%; No: 35.9%
  • Do you think the City Council is representing the interests of the taxpayers? Yes: 40.0%; No: 60.0%

The survey was conducted by phone on June 18 and 19, and respondents comprised of 2,750 registered voters within the City of St. Petersburg.

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