Surveys & Polls

A solid majority of the American public now agree with NORML that responsible marijuana smokers should not be treated like criminals. Eight out of ten Americans support the medical use of marijuana, and nearly 3 out of 4 Americans support a fine-only (no jail) for recreational smokers. 58% of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, according to the most recent Gallup poll -- which is the highest percentage support ever reported in a nationwide scientific poll. Our challenge now is to convert this public support into public policy.

Michigan: May 2017 MRG poll

"Fifty-eight percent of likely voters support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use if it [is] regulated and taxed like alcohol."

Pennsylvania: May 2017 Franklin & Marshall poll

Fifty-six percent of registered voters believe “the use of marijuana should be made legal”

New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire Poll

Sixty-eight percent of New Hampshire adults support “legalizing [the] possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use.” Seventy-four percent of respondents endorse marijuana being sold at state-licensed outlets and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol. 

North Carolina: Elon University Poll

Eighty percent of North Carolina voters support legalizing marijuana for medical use.

Washington: Public Health Institute poll

Seventy-eight percent of adults support legalizing the adult use of cannabis, a significant increase since voters first approved regulating the plant’s production and sale. 

Quinnipiac University 2017 National Poll

60 percent of US voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal.” Ninety-four percent of respondents endorsed legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, and 73 percent oppose federal interference in states that have legalized it.

CBS News 2017 National Poll

Sixty-one percent of US adults say “the use of marijuana should be legal,” and 71 percent oppose federal action in states that have legalized it.

Virginia: Quinnipiac University

Virginia voters by a margin of 59 percent to 35 percent support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.