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:
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.”
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.