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Poll Finds Support For More Charter Schools, Legal Marijuana In Mass.

Charter school advocates

Massachusetts voters support likely ballot questions to legalize marijuana and increase the number of charter schools, according to a poll by Western New England University.

Although the poll found 51 percent of respondents support charter school expansion, 23 percent were undecided.  Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said it means supporters and opponents have room to shape public opinion.

" This is something that is not really on the radar of a majority of voters right now and once it gets on their radar opinions could change quite a bit," said Vercellotti.

On the marijuana question, the poll found 57 percent support legalizing marijuana use by adults with just 35 percent opposed.  It is consistent with the outcomes of prior year’s ballot questions when Massachusetts voters decriminalized marijuana possession in small amounts and permitted medical marijuana.

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