Poll: Eight in Ten Likely Democratic Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Washington, DC: A super-majority of Democratic voters back legalizing marijuana, according to polling data compiled by the think-tank Data for Progress.

Pollsters surveyed a national sampling of registered Democrats who are likely to vote in the 2020 primaries. Eighty percent of respondents said that they favor "fully legalizing marijuana at the national level." Support was greatest among Caucasian voters (85 percent) and weakest among African Americans (67 percent).

Overall support was even stronger (90 percent) for releasing those incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes in states that have since legalized the plant. Respondents, regardless of race, expressed nearly similar support for overturning convictions.

"Democratic voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana, fixing the justice system to account for legalization, and for granting restitution to the American families and communities harmed by the War on Drugs," pollsters summarized.

Prior national surveys, such as those here, have consistently identified super-majority support for marijuana legalization among Democratic-leaning voters.

For additional polling information, please visit NORML.