Washington, DC: Majorities of those ages 18 and older say that “the recreational use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” according to nationwide polling data compiled by YouGov America.
Overall, 57 percent of respondents backed legalization, while 27 percent opposed it. Support was strongest among Democrats (70 percent), those respondents between the ages of 25 and 44 years old (62 percent), and Independents (61 percent).
Only 40 percent of Republican respondents who participated in the survey endorsed legalization. Forty-four percent opposed it.
The polling data is consistent with prior surveys showing majority support for legalizing cannabis among US adults, though recent polls by Gallup and others have identified greater levels of public support.
Additional survey data is available from NORML.