When faced with two models for legalization, state monopoly and taxed private sales, 58 percent of voters here in North Carolina (where the only retail seller of liquor is the state ABC monopoly) chose monopoly, 19 percent chose private sales, and 23 percent were undecided. The detailed results, from Public Policy Polling, are at NC Marijuana Polling March 2013.
The cross-tabs are interesting, too. In particular, monopoly prevailed overwhelmingly among all age groups other than the 18-29 group, where 36 percent chose monopoly, 36 percent chose private sales, and 28 percent were undecided. Monopoly doesn’t look like the wave of the future.