Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization Climbing

Chicago IL: The percentage of Americans who “think the use of marijuana should be legal” has increased dramatically over the past ten years and now stands at a record high, according to polling data compiled by the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey. The survey has tracked adults’ opinions on legalizing marijuana since the early 1970s.

The survey reports that 57 percent of adults support legalization, up from 32 percent in 2006. That is the highest percentage of support ever reported by the poll. In 1987, only 16 percent of respondents endorsed legalization.

Support for legalization was strongest among Democrats and younger adults, but fell below 50 percent among Republicans (40 percent) and those over the age of 65 (42 percent).

The survey’s findings are similar to those of other recent national polls compiled by Gallup, Pew, AP, CBS, and Morning Consult – all of which show majority support for regulating the adult use of cannabis.

The General Social Survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.