New Pew Research Center Poll Finds 61% of American Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

According to a new Pew Research Center (PRC) survey, more than six in 10 American voters support legalizing marijuana.

The survey, conducted in October and released today, finds that support for legalization has risen 4% from last year (57%), and has nearly doubled since 2000 (31%).

“As in the past, there are wide generational and partisan differences in views of marijuana legalization”, says Abigail Geiger from PRC . “Majorities of Millennials (70%), Gen Xers (66%) and Baby Boomers (56%) say the use of marijuana should be legal. Only among the Silent Generation does a greater share oppose (58%) than favor (35%) marijuana legalization.”

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New Gallup Poll: 64% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new Gallup poll has found that 64% of adults in the United States support legalizing marijuana, up from 60% last year, and 50% in 2011. 

This is this the highest level of support at the national level ever recorded by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. It’s also the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization (51%).

“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing”, says Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”

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Poll: 94% of U.S. Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana, 60% Support Recreational Legalization

New polling shows that nearly every voter in the United States supports legalizing medical marijuana, and a strong majority supports legalizing recreational marijuana.

According to a new Quinnipiac University national poll, U.S. voters say 60% – 34% “that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the U.S.;” this is the highest level of support ever recorded for legalizing marijuana in a Quinnipiac poll.

Voters also support 94% – 5% “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” also the highest level of support in any national poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Voters oppose 73% – 21% government enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. No group supports enforcement in states where marijuana is legal.

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Quinnipiac Poll Finds 93% of U.S. Voters Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

A new Quinnipiac University Poll has found that the vast majority of American voters believe that marijuana should be legal, and that the federal government should respect states’ rights.

According to the poll, an overwhelming 93% of U.S. voters believe that marijuana should be legal for medical purposes. A strong, though obviously smaller majority (59%) is in support of legalizing cannabis for all purposes.

The survey also found that 71% of voters (including a majority of Republicans, Democrats, independents, and every age group) oppose the federal government enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where the plant has been legalized.

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Pew Poll: Only 30% of Cops Believe Cannabis Should be Illegal for All Reasons

A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a minority of police officers in the United States support a full-blown prohibition on cannabis.

According to the survey of almost 8,000 active-duty police officers; 32% believe that cannabis should be legal for both recreational and medical purposes; an additional 37% believe that it should be legal for medical use only. Just 30% – less than 1 in 3 – believe cannabis should remain illegal for all uses.

By comparison, the survey found 49% of the public to be in support of legalizing medical and recreational cannabis; 35% support legalizing medical cannabis only, with just 15% supporting full prohibition.

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What’s Your Favorite Way to Consume Marijuana? [Poll]

Everyone has their favorite way to consume marijuana; what is yours?

From the traditional pipe, to the more recently popular dabs from an oil rig; there’s a lot of ways to consume cannabis. And, like many other things in this world, everyone has their favorite; and some feel so strongly about their favorite they will debate it until blue in the face. Others enjoy all forms of consuming cannabis; but even they tend to have a favorite they like at least a little more than the rest.

Do you have a favorite? If so, answer the poll below!
 
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American Values Survey: 63% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Cannabis

American Values63% of Americans aged 18 and older are in support of legalizing cannabis for all uses. This is according to latest American Values Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.

According to the poll, just 36% of those in the United States who are 18 and older oppose legalizing cannabis. Only 1% remain undecided.

The 63% in support of legalization marks a massive 30% increase from just two years ago in 2014, and marks the highest level of support ever recorded by the Institute.

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New Poll: 57% of U.S. Adults Say Cannabis Should be Legal

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A large majority of adults in the U.S. say that cannabis should be legal for all uses, according to a new Pew Research Center poll sent to us by press release.

“The share of Americans who favor legalizing the use of marijuana continues to increase, says Abigail Geiger of the Pew Research Center. “Today, 57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion on legalizing marijuana was nearly the reverse – just 32% favored legalization, while 60% were opposed.”

According to Geiger; “Young adults have disproportionately driven the shift toward public support of the drug, though support is rising among other generations as well. Millennials – those ages 18 to 35 in 2016 – are more than twice as likely to support legalization of marijuana as they were in 2006 (71% today, up from 34% in 2006), and are significantly more likely to support legalization than other generations.”

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Recent Polling for All Five Statewide Cannabis Legalization Initiatives

By Paul Armentano, NORML

cannabis legalization initiativesVoters favor legalizing the adult use of cannabis in the five states where the issue will appear on the ballot this Election Day. Here is a summary of the latest polling data.

ARIZONA: Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (up to one ounce of marijuana flower, up to five grams of marijuana concentrate, and/or the harvest from up to six plants) and provides regulations for a retail cannabis marketplace.

CALIFORNIA: Numerous polls show strong support among Californians for Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act. In recent weeks, polling data compiled by the Public Policy Institute of California and the California Field Poll show the measure leading among voters by some 30 percentage points. Proposition 64 permits adults to legally grow (up to six plants) and possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to eight grams of concentrate) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. The measure prohibits localities from taking actions to infringe upon adults’ ability to possess and cultivate cannabis for non-commercial purposes. The initiative language specifies that it is not intended to “repeal, affect, restrict, or preempt … laws pertaining to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.”

MAINE: Fifty-three percent of voters support Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, according to a September UNH Survey Center poll. Only 38 percent of respondents oppose it. The Act authorizes adults to obtain up to two and one-half ounces of cannabis from licensed facilities. Adults can also cultivate up to six plants and possess the harvest from those plants.

MASSACHUSETTS: Voters back Question 4: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act by a margin of 53 percent to 40 percent, according to polling data released last week by WBZ-TV. The ballot measure permits adults to possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis and to grow up to six plants for non-commercial purposes. The measure also establishes regulations overseeing the commercial production and sale of the plant.

NEVADA: Question 2: The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative leads among Nevada voters by a margin of 57 percent to 33 percent, according to Suffolk University polling data released last week. The initiative states, “The People of the State of Nevada find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older, and its cultivation and sale should be regulated similar to other businesses.”

For more information about these and other pending ballot initiatives, please see NORML’s Election 2016 page here.

California Poll Finds Nearly Two in Three Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

California PollCalifornia is one of five states this November voting for the legalization of recreational cannabis, and a new poll shows that a strong majority of voters in the state support the idea.

According to the poll conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California in Berkeley, 63.8% of those in the state support legalizing recreational cannabis. According to a news release by the college, “Support was highest among African Americans (71.9 percent) and Latinos (69.3 percent) and lowest among Asian-Americans (57.7 percent). Support for legalization was also highest among 18- to 24-year-olds, and lowest among those over 65.”

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