Washington, DC: Sixty-two percent of US adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to national survey data compiled by the Pew Research Center and released on Monday. The percentage is the highest ever reported by Pew, which has been tracking Americans’ views on the subject of marijuana legalization since 1969.
Support was strongest among Millennials (74 percent), Democrats (69 percent), and Independents (68 percent). Support for legalization was weakest among Republicans (45 percent) and those born between the years 1928 and 1945 (39 percent).
Since 2000, public support in favor of legalization has nearly doubled, Pew reported.
The Pew data is consistent with those of other national polls, including those conducted by Gallup (64 percent) and the Center for American Progress (68 percent).
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