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A new Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll released Thursday shows that Americans support the widespread legalization of marijuana far more than they do Internet gaming.

According to the poll, some 52 percent of Americans said they would prefer to see marijuana legalized over online gaming. Just 20 percent of respondents would prefer it the other way around.

“These two issues are very similar in that both internet gambling and marijuana use is taking place whether regulated or not, but Americans do not have the appetite or munchies for legalizing internet gambling as they do for marijuana,” poll director and FDU professor Krista Jenkins said.

As standalone issues, 50 percent of Americans said they supported the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. According to the poll, that’s a stark contrast from legalizing online gaming, which 63 percent of all respondents reported they opposed.

Jenkins noted that in New Jersey, where Internet gaming was legalized last year, past FDU polls have indicated that the majority of the public were also opposed to the idea. Conversely, according to past polls, the majority of state residents supported the legalization of marijuana despite the state not being among those which taken such steps yet.

“This is a disconnect between public opinion and public policy,” Jenkins said.

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Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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