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New Poll: 58% In US Support Legalizing Marijuana


marijuana legalization support gallup pollGallup has conducted a poll every year since 1969 asking Americans if they support marijuana legalization. In 1969, support was at just 12%. That number has risen steadily over the years, and since 2011, a majority of Americans have answered ‘yes’ to the poll question. The results are out for this year, and the result is 58% support, which ties the all time high from two years ago. Per Gallup:

A majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% holding that view, tying the high point in Gallup’s 46-year trend.

Americans’ support for legal marijuana has steadily grown over time. When Gallup first asked the question, in 1969, 12% of Americans thought marijuana use should be legal, with little change in two early 1970s polls. By the late 1970s, support had increased to about 25%, and held there through the mid-1990s. The percentage of Americans who favored making use of the drug legal exceeded 30% by 2000 and was higher than 40% by 2009.

Over the past six years, support has vacillated a bit, but averaged 48% from 2010 through 2012 and has averaged above the majority level, 56%, since 2013.

The Gallup poll was conducted from October 7-11. The poll involved 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The results have a margin of error of +/- 4%, and the results fall into a 95% confidence interval for all of you probability and statistics nerds out there. Each sample involved in the poll had a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents. Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority had the following to say about the poll results:

“These days it’s not especially exciting to see yet another poll showing majority support for legalizing marijuana, but 58 percent is very strong share of the American people calling for change, and elected officials should listen. The constant stream of surveys showing public support for ending prohibition is why we’re seeing an increasing number of national politicians saying that it’s time to at least let states implement their own laws without federal interference. And we’re also seeing a growing number candidates endorsing legalization outright, which shows how mainstream this issue is now. As more states implement marijuana reforms and those laws continue to work as advertised, we’re likely to see even more public support, which should soon spur Congress to formally end the criminalization of cannabis under federal law.”


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  1. I still say there will be fewer and fewer anti-cannabis candidates elected. Even the president.

  2. Not everybody shows up to the polls that will answer a telephone! It SHOULD tell you that the average number of voters across the country that support it is 58%! It’ll be plus or minus 2, 3 points either way depending on the state’s political leanings. But 58% is the average number of voters in a State, will generally support legalization. That’s holding true today! CO still supports legalization by approx. 55% -56% according to the latest polls. Support in AZ for legalization in 2016, runs around 54% – 55% in favor of legalization. So it’s a pretty general average of ALL the State’s

  3. Its in the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible).

    Genesis 1:29 . And God saith, ‘Lo, I have given to you every herb sowing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree sowing seed, to you it is for food;

    All organic drugs that are derived from seed-bearing plants(think marijuana and opium poppy) and fruit-producing trees (think coca leaves) should be legal.

    God Himself supports legalization

  4. I live in rural Texas, and outside of the criminal justice system I don’t know anyone that still sees weed as a public safety issue. Poll numbers for legalization here are above 50% and climbing.
    Even my 80 year old, ultra-conservative, Fox News watching father has softened his stance.

  5. I dont believe this poll. If there was 58% support nationally, then states like Oregon and Washington would have gotten like 70% or 80% support on election day to counterbalance all those anti marijuana red states in the south.

    Thats NOT what happened. Only 55% of voters in WA, CO, and OR passed it and 53% of AK. Those are the most pro pot states in the country and even they didnt reach 58%. So if the most pro pot states arent that high in support, then how could the national average be that high? It make NO SENSE!

    Image if polls showed Obamas support ranging from 28% in Utah (lowest) to 74% in Hawaii (highest), but somehow he was winning nationally polling at 85% as the national average. That makes no sense!

  6. I checked the jail log for my county’s jail just now, there are 6 people in there for possession of a small amount of marijuana. There may have been more earlier that made bail already. Anyone that doesn’t believe ending prohibition is important, should monitor their own local jail and see just how many people still get arrested every day for possession. They have to pay a bail bondsman, hire a lawyer, maybe lose their jobs, get a criminal record, and get treated like scum by the entire criminal justice system.

  7. I agree…im up for the goal of influencing public perception, so that the blindfolds are removed and we all truly understand the need for for decriminalization vs prohibition.

  8. I’d bet the number is actually higher than that. The only issue with the Gallup poll is that it was only just over 1,000 adults surveyed. To get a better picture of support, we’d ideally need a *much* larger sample than just 1,000 individuals. It’s very likely that with the public perception changing over the past 2-3 years, and more states moving forward with legalization, that the number of all Americans that support legalization is actually higher than 58%. But that’s just a hypothesis that can’t be tested unless we surveyed a significantly larger amount of people.

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