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Poll: Over Six in Ten Americans Support Legalizing Cannabis

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Poughkeepsie, NY: More than six in ten US adults endorse cannabis legalization, according to nationwide polling data compiled by The Marist Institute for Public Opinion, in partnership with National Public Radio and the PBS News Hour.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said that it is a "good idea" to "legalize marijuana nationwide." The issue received greater public support than did numerous other policy questions, including raising the national minimum wage to $15.00 (56 percent support), imposing a 'wealth tax' on those with incomes above $1 million (62 percent), and banning the sale of automatic weapons (57 percent). 

"As Americans learn more about the successful legalization of marijuana in state after state, their support for the policy at a national level continues to grow," said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. "Even House Judiciary Committee members on both sides of the political aisle have concluded that it is time to end the federal prohibition of cannabis."

The results are similar to those of a nationwide Axios poll, released in June, which also reported that 63 percent of adults back legalization. Recently compiled polls by Gallup (66 percent), Pew (62 percent), and the Center for American Progress (68 percent), among others, show similar levels of national support.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Policy Director, at (202) 483-5500.