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. Over 60% of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, according to the most recent Gallup poll — the highest percentage support ever reported in a nationwide scientific poll. Our challenge now is to convert this public support into public policy. Search and sort our polling archive below:
Harris Poll (September 2021)Sixty-six percent of US adults say that the use of cannabis by adults ought to be legalized federally. Support rises to 79 percent among millennials and to 76 percent among those in Generation X.
Gallup Poll (August 2021)The percentage of U.S. adults who say they have tried marijuana has ticked up to 49%, the highest Gallup has measured to date.
Quinnipiac University National Poll (April 2021)Seven in ten registered voters, including strong majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, say that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States.” Majorities of all age groups, including those ages 65 and older, similarly support legalization.
FM3 Research and Fabrizio, Lee & Associates (December 2020)Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed – including 85 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Independents, and 53 percent of Republicans – support legalization. More than one-quarter of respondents (27 percent) – including 33 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of Independents, and 23 percent of Republicans – said that their views have become more favorable in recent years toward legalization. Sixty-five percent of respondents agreed with the statement, “Legalizing adult use of marijuana is a non-partisan issue that both liberal and conservative voters can get behind.”
Data for Progress (August 2020)Fifty-eight percent of respondents — including 69 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Republicans — agreed that “the federal government should legalize the use and sale of marijuana for adults.”
Public Religion Research Institute Survey (Fall 2019)Two-thirds of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Democrats (79 percent) and Independents (71 percent) are most supportive, while less than half of Republicans (46 percent) back legalization.
Axios/Survey Monkey Poll (June 2019)Sixty-three percent of US adults support "legalizing the recreational use of marijuana on a national level” and 87 percent of respondents support "allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes” if their doctor authorizes it.
PSB/Buzzfeed Poll (April 2019)Sixty percent of Americans support federal legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.
General Social Survey (March 2019)Sixty-one percent of Americans, including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, support the legalization of marijuana for adults.
Quinnipiac University Poll (March 2019)Sixty percent of Americans say "the use of marijuana should be made legal” nationwide, and 63 percent support erasing criminal records for past marijuana possession crimes.
YouGov Poll (Fall 2018)Sixty-seven percent of Americans believe that the recreational use of marijuana by adults should not be criminalized.
Gallup Poll (2018)Sixty-six percent of US adults, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, believe that the adult use of marijuana should be legal.
Quinnipiac University Poll (April 2018)Sixty-three percent of US voters believe that "marijuana should be made legal in the United States," the highest percentage of support ever reported in a nationwide Quinnipiac poll. Ninety-three percent of respondents support the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and 70 percent of voters "oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized" either its medicinal or recreational use.
CBS News Survey (April 2018)Fifty-nine percent of Americans believe that marijuana "should be legal" for adults, and 63 percent say that less dangerous than most other drugs.
Fox News 2018 PollFifty-nine percent of US voters support legalizing the adult use of marijuana,up from 51 percent in 2015. The total is the highest percentage in favor of legalization ever recorded in a Fox News national poll.
NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll (January 2018)Sixty percent of American adults say that they favor the passage of a law in their state that would "allow adults to purchase small quantities of marijuana for their own personal use from regulated, state-licensed businesses."
Quinnipiac Winter 2018 PollFifty-eight percent of voters nationwide say that "the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States," and 70 percent oppose "enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana."
Pew 2018 PollSixty-one percent of Americans age 18 or older believe that the "use of marijuana should be legal."
New Hampshire: UNH Granite State Poll (May 2021)Seventy-five percent of New Hampshire residents (86 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Independents, and 62 percent of Republicans) strongly or somewhat support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Louisiana: JMC Analytics March 2021 PollSixty-eight percent of likely voters believe that “using and/or possessing marijuana” should not be illegal. Sixty five percent of respondents would be "more likely” to support a political candidate “who wanted to reform Louisiana’s marijuana laws."
New York: Consensus Strategies Survey (March 2021)Sixty-one percent of New York State residents believe that recreational sales of marijuana to adults ought to be legal and 52 percent agree that adults ought to be legally able to row personal use amounts of marijuana at home.
Texas: University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll (March 2021)A solid majority of Texas voters — 60% — said possession of small or large amounts of marijuana for any purpose should be legal, and only 13% said it shouldn’t be legal for any use. The rest would allow it “for medical purposes only.”
New Mexico: DPA Poll (October 2020)Seventy-two percent of respondents said they favor the proposal to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis sales, including 94 percent of Democrats, 46 percent of Republicans and 93 percent of independents.
Arizona: HighGround Inc. Survey (May 2020)Sixty-six percent of voters say that they would “definitely” or “probably” vote in November for the passage of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which seeks to legalize the personal use and retail sale of cannabis.
Vermont: Public Policy Polling (February 2019)Seventy-six percent of Vermont residents “support allowing adults 21 and older to purchase cannabis from regulated, taxpaying small businesses.” Seventy-six percent of respondents similarly favor the state’s existing law perrmitting adults to grow limited amounts of cannabis in private.
California: UC Berkeley, IGS Fall 2019 SurveySixty-eight percent of registered voters say that the legalization of marijuana in California has been a “good thing,” and 63 percent favor allowing retail stores in their local community.
New Hampshire: March 2019 UNH Granite State PollSixty-eight percent of New Hampshire adults support legalizing the personal possession of marijuana for those age 21 or older, and 80 percent approve of it being sold at licensed retail outlets.
New Jersey: Rutgers-Eagleton October 2018 PollFifty-eight percent of voters support “completely legalizing the possession and personal use of recreational marijuana,” and 79 percent support “allowing an individual to clear their record” of a past marijuana possession conviction.
New Jersey: Quinnipiac University August 2018 PollSixty-two percent of voters say that they support allowing adults “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” and 63 percent also say that they support “erasing criminal records for marijuana possession.”
New Jersey: April 2018 Monmouth University PollFifty-nine percent of New Jersey residents support "legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use" and 60 percent believe that "legalizing marijuana in New Jersey would help the state's economy."
Tennessee: Middle Tennessee State University PollEighty-one percent of Tennessee voters polled support legalization to some extent. Thirty-seven percent of respondents support legalizing adult-use marijuana and 44 percent supporting legalizing marijuana specifically for medicinal purposes. Only 16 percent of respondents are in favor of maintaining prohibition.
Michigan: EPIC-MRA March 2018 PollSixty-one percent of voters support a ballot proposal to "make the possession and cultivation of limited amounts marijuana legal in the State of Michigan for adults age 21 or older."
Illinois Statewide SurveyEighty percent of likely voters in Illinois support allowing patients to use medical marijuana as recommended by a doctor.
Utah: Public Opinion PollSeventy-two percent of likely voters believe that doctors who specialize in treating serious illnesses like cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's should be allowed to recommend cannabis as a treatment for their patients.
Florida: Public Policy PollingSixty-five percent of Florida voters support passing a constitutional amendment to permit the dispensing and physician authorized use of medical marijuana.
Prevention Magazine SurveyThree-quarters of Americans believe that the use of medical marijuana should be legal and more than a third would be likely to use it if their physician recommended it.
Florida Decides PollSixty-eight percent of likely voters say that they will vote this November in favor of Amendment 2, the Using Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions act. Only 18 percent of likely voters oppose the measure.
South Carolina: Winthrop PollSeventy-eight percent of South Carolina residents believe that “marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes.”
Fabrizio, Lee and Associates Spring 2018 PollSeventy-seven percent of likely 2018 voters hold a favorable opinion of medical marijuana, including 74 percent in key Senate states and 76 percent in competitive House districts. That total includes 68 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of independents and 84 percent of Democrats. Just 15 percent of likely voters have an unfavorable opinion of medical marijuana.
Missouri: TJP Strategies/Missouri Scout August 2018 PollFifty-four percent of likely voters believe that the Missouri Constitution should "be amended to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and create regulations and licensing procedures for marijuana and marijuana facilities.” Only 35 percent oppose this idea.