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New Arizona Poll Shows Little Support For Legalizing Recreational Pot In Midterm

A new statewide poll of Arizonans likely to vote shows little support for legalizing pot.

The poll conducted by OH Predictive Strategies found only 35 percent of those 600 likely voters surveyed support legalizing the drug, compared to 48 percent who are opposed to it. The rest are undecided.

Executives with OH admitted the study may be somewhat skewed because pollsters were limited to calling landline phones, which tends to reach mainly older and conservative households.

Morgan Fox, with the Marijuana Policy Project, was behind legalizing medical marijuana in 2010 and sees those numbers reflecting general trends during midterm elections.

"Traditionally, when you look at polling, the demographic groups that are least likely to support marijuana legalization are older Americans and people that are socially conservative," Fox said. "Those are groups that are much more heavily represented during midterm elections."

That won't stop another group from trying to put the issue on the 2018 ballot. Members of Safer Arizona believe President Trump's rhetoric has stirred younger people to get out and vote.

Their challenge is to overcome the state's newest laws requiring 150,642 valid signatures be collected entirely by volunteers before the July 5 deadline.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.