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NEW POLL: 56% of Americans Want Legal Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director May 22, 2012

    On May 12, 2012, Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide. They asked, “Would you favor or oppose legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today?”

    The poll affirms, once again, that the tide of public opinion continues to turn in our favor. Fifty-six percent of respondents stated they would support legalizing and regulating marijuana in a similar manner alcohol and tobacco. Only 36% were opposed to the concept and 8% were undecided.

    You can view more information about the poll on Rasmussen Reports’ website here.

    A previous poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports in April reported that 47% of adults “believe the country should legalize and tax marijuana in order to help solve the nation’s fiscal problems.” Forty-two percent of respondents disagreed, while ten percent were undecided.

    In 2011, a nationwide Gallup poll reported that 50 percent of Americans support legalizing the use of cannabis for adults. Forty-six percent of respondents said they opposed the idea.

    The 2011 Gallup survey results marked the first time that the polling firm, which has tracked Americans’ attitudes toward marijuana since the late 1960s, reported that more Americans support legalizing cannabis than oppose it.

    111 Responses to “NEW POLL: 56% of Americans Want Legal Marijuana”

    1. Ben says:

      That’s right.

      Not only has the prohibition of marijuana failed, and not only has it squandered significant amounts of American resources-
      but

      -marijuana has killed NO ONE
      -enforcement of prohibition has.

      who is exactly being saved here? and from what?

    2. glen says:

      I will not vote for ANY politician Republican or Democrat that does not SUPPORT legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco. I am changing my party affiliation to republican so that I can vote for Ron Paul. I will not vote for Obama until he takes this issue seriously, and quit being so hypocritical as an admitted (former?)marijuana user himself.

    3. Bradson says:

      Somehow this significant development hasn’t caught the attention of the main stream media even while medical marijuana polls have. Odd since full legalization eliminates the need to have official permission for medical use.

    4. SSG Zis ack Dryer says:

      If more than 50% of people support it, does that not make a majority. Maybe my college professor lied to me in government class. He told me that the governement is a representative of the people and that they are supposed to fight for what we want. If they are all fighting against it and we are fighting for it, sounds like the system is broken. OR the government is souled/sold out to the corperations that prifit on prohibition, like pharmaceutical, medical, textile, and oil companies. Even the most ignorant person in this country knows by know that Marijuana is an amazing medicine, a healthy food, and the best industrial product ever. The only excuse left is that it is a gateway drug, which has been debunked as well. If the government really cared about its people they would legalize now. Cut down on violince at the border, cut down on medical spending, raise much needed tax revenue, and regain the trust of the American people. Or they can just keep collecting their billions of dollars from the Big-PHARMA-AGR-OIL monster and selling us down the river. I wont hold my breath and I dont recommend it to you, but the tide seems to be shifting in our favor.

    5. […] NEW POLL: 56% of Americans Want Legal Marijuana On May 12, 2012, Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide. They asked, “Would you favor or oppose legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today?” It appears the tide continues to turn in our favor, as a full 56% of respondents stated they would support legalizing and regulating marijuana in a similar manner alcohol and tobacco. Only 36% were opposed to the concept and 8% were undecided. You can view more information about the poll […] […]

    6. onyxwolf says:

      Guess people are finally starting to talk openly about it! Cannabis prohibition cannot hold up to any sort of logical argument. The only argument I’ve had trouble conveying to the “never used before” types is the fact that marijuana is safer to drive on than alcohol. Always have to resort to the “Have you heard about any MVC deaths on Cannabis?” but that’s not always convincing. Any ideas for this argument to bust out on a moment’s notice to debate with less-than-logical prohibitionists / undecideds?

    7. Joel: the other Joel says:

      I will also not vote ANY Republican or Democrat that does not SUPPORT legalizing marijuana. Freedom and self-responsibility does make a difference.

      56% and growing!

      I will vote for Ron Paul and for Ted Cruz in the Texas Primaries, and for the general election.

    8. wbs 101 says:

      Their boat is slowly sinking

    9. paul says:

      Response to Glen. Ron Paul has dropped out of the race

    10. Bill says:

      I hate it when people say marijuana has killed no one. It definitely has caused car accidents.

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