Posted: Jul 28, 2014 8:52 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 8:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Locals are more open to walking around at night, letting people with illnesses smoke marijuana, and allowing people of the same sex to get married, according to an annual survey conducted by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
Sixty-five percent of people responded that they would be in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. But, when it comes to letting anyone light a blunt, there is less support. Fifty-five percent of people said they opposed legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Although, most said they see what is happening in other places. Sixty-four percent said they believe marijuana sales and consumption will eventually be legal in the state.
Roughly the same amount of people said they feel safe walking around their neighborhood at night, a significant increase in the last few years. Sixty-three percent said they were not worried while 35% said they did not feel comfortable. There has been a gradual increase in the feeling of safety for the last few years, but the percentage of those who do not live in fear has yet to reach the peak of 64% from 2011. Also dropping, the number of people who expect to be a victim of crime in the next 365 days. Forty-eight percent of people responded there is a concern
that they or their family members would be victims of crime in the coming year.
Most people also said they believe gays and lesbians should be able to get married. Respondents in East Baton Rouge are mirrors the national average of 54-percent.
There was little change in how people felt about government services like police, fire, parks and the education system.