For the first time a national poll has found that a plurality of Republicans support the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. The poll also found a strong majority of all Americans to be in support of the move.
According to the YouGov poll, 45% of Republicans favor legalizing cannabis, with 42% opposed; 13% remain undecided. Just eight months ago the numbers were drastically different, with just 36% of Republicans favoring legalization compared to 50% opposed.
A new HuffPost/YouGov poll released yesterday has found that a strong majority of Americans – including a majority of Republicans – support Colorado’s law which finds recreational cannabis legal, including state-licensed sales. A majority of respondents also believe that cannabis legalization will not lead to an increase in crime, and a plurality believes that it won’t lead to a decrease in road safety.
According to the poll, 61% of those in the U.S. support Colorado’s’ cannabis law, which, according to the poll question, “makes recreational marjuana [sic] use legal but applies a heavy tax on marijuana sales, limits the sale of marijuana only to people 21 years old or older, and makes it illegal to take marijuana out of state?” Only 27% are opposed to the new law, including just 38% of Republicans and 30% of those aged 65 and older.