A majority of Americans support legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes according to the newest General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972.
The survey, which is conducted by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, puts wide-ranging and long-running questions about a large array of issues to the public. Data from the survey was analyzed by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the General Social Survey.
According to Emily Swanson of the Associated Press; “For the first time since the survey first asked the question in 1975, a majority of Americans supported legal marijuana in 2014. Fifty-two percent of Americans now say marijuana should be legal, while 42 percent think it should be illegal.”
Swanson notes that’s this is “a big jump in support for legalizing the drug since 2012, when only 43 percent said they were in favor. Twenty-five years ago, in 1990, just 16 percent supported legal marijuana.”