Poll: Far More Americans Prefer Legalized Marijuana To Online Gambling

Poll: Far More Americans Prefer Legalized Marijuana To Online Gambling

Teaneck, NJ: A far greater percentage of Americans support legalizing marijuana than endorse the notion of allowing adults to legally engage in online gambling, according to national polling data compiled by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

When asked to choose which of the two activities they "prefer to see legalized everywhere," 52 percent of respondents chose in favor of permitting adults to consume "small quantities of marijuana." Only 20 percent of respondents chose in favor of legalizing online gambling.

Eighteen percent of respondents said that "neither" activity should be legalized, while four percent of respondents agreed that both activities ought to be permitted.

Presently, three states – New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada – permit online gambling. Twenty-one states and Washington, DC presently allow for the medical use of marijuana while two states, Colorado and Washington, allow for the plant’s licensed production and distribution to all adults.

Americans age 18 to 29 (65 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and Independent voters (58 percent) were most likely to support legalizing marijuana, while those age 60 and older (36 percent) and Republicans (32 percent) were least supportive.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director, at (202) 483-5500.