A new poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI), has found that half of all self-identified Christians aged 18-29 support legalizing marijuana. 50% support such a move, with 44% in opposition – 6% are undecided. The widespread support among this group of individuals is a clear example of the changing times – only 22% of Christian seniors support legalization.
“While most religious Americans overall continue to oppose the legalization of marijuana, the generational sea change on this issue is also shifting the ground inside churches,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of PPRI, “Christian young adults are twice as likely as Christian senior adults to say both that marijuana should be legal and that using marijuana is morally acceptable.”
One of the most surprising findings of the poll, was that young Christians were more likely than the general public to view marijuana use as being morally acceptable – 52% compared to 49%.
In addition, the survey found that white Protestants, at 44%, were more likely than the general public to have tried marijuana (42%).
According to the poll, even among those who oppose recreational marijuana legalization, more than 60% favor legal medical marijuana.
Recent polling has found that 57% of all Americans support marijuana legalization.