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:
YouGov Poll (November 2021) Fifty-seven percent of US adults, including majorities of those in every age demographic, think that “the recreational use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States."
Rasmussen Poll (October 2021)Sixty-two percent of US adults — including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — favor the national legalization of marijuana
Gallup Poll (October 2021)Sixty-eight percent of Americans, including majorities of all major subgroups by gender, age, income and education, believe that the use of "marijuana should be made legal.”
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.
Massachusetts: UMass Amherst Poll (November 2021)Sixty-one percent of Massachusetts adults believe “that the legalization of marijuana … has been positive for the state.” Only 13 percent of respondents believe that legalization has been “negative” for the state.
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.