According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, a strong majority of voters in the U.S. support legalizing marijuana, while an even higher percentage supports legalizing medical marijuana.
According to the new Quinnipiac University national poll released today, when asked “Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States, or not?”, 63% of U.S. voters say “Yes”, it should be (a 5% increase from January). Just 33% of poll respondents stated that they believe it should remain illegal. Support was highest among Democrats (75%), and lowest among Republicans (41%). Among Independents, 67% support legalization.
Among the various age groups those 18 to 34, by a large margin, had the highest level of support for making marijuana legal with 82% in favor and just 16% – less than one in five – opposed. Those 65+ was the only age group without a majority support for legalization (43% to 51%).
When asked “Do you support or oppose allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?”, more than nine out of 10 U.S. voters say they support it, with just 5% saying they don’t. Medical marijuana is supported by all political parties and age groups (including being supported by 91% of those 65+, and 86% of Republicans).
When asked “Keeping in mind that your answers are confidential, have you ever recreationally used marijuana or not?”, 43% said that they have, with 54% saying they haven’t. When asked “Would you support or oppose a bill protecting states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana from federal prosecution?”, 74% say they would support it, with 20% saying they wouldn’t.
More information on this new poll can be found by clicking here.