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NEW POLL: 56% of Americans Want Legal Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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. VoteForGary says:

      Don’t switch to Republican, vote Libertarian and for Gary Johnson, he supports full legalization and he’s not a demented old religious dumbass like Paul is.

    2. Jeff says:

      Does anyone honestly believe that 1,000 is a good enough number of people to actually make a representative sample of Americans?
      1,000 makes up about .000003% of the nation’s population. While I really would like marijuana to be legalized, it’s just ridiculous to me when people think that studies like this are even worth listening to.

      As far as the coming election goes, while Obama hasn’t really said anything about marijuana in a while, and it’s clearly not on his list of things to do, voting for anyone other than him will put America in the hands of Romney, who i personally think is the scum of the earth. I enjoy the thought of someone like Ron Paul running for president, but not voting for Obama is like giving votes to Romney.

      [Paul Armentano responds: This is a scientific poll. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Rasmussen is one of the top polling firms in the nation. Yes, you can extrapolate national opinion based on a random sampling, such as this one, when done properly.]

    3. Johnny says:

      I am big supporter of legalizing marijuana, however these polls don’t mean anything. 1,000 people were sampled and that does not come anywhere near effectively representing the entire nation. They need to increase the sample size in order to gain some real validity.

      [Paul Armentano responds: This is a scientific poll. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Rasmussen is one of the top polling firms in the nation. Yes, you can extrapolate national opinion based on a random sampling, such as this one, when done properly.]

    4. Bobby D.Denning says:

      Full legalization = full revenue and children protection. Do it right or leave.

    5. freekkc says:

      my life is to problematic with just trying to support my family to do this but i notice their aren`t many videos on YouTube talking about legalizing weed their are a few and some of them are like an hour long ,most videos on youtube are just people smoking weed with is fun to watch but their should be people posting short ten minute videos that will capture peoples attention about legalizing weed and others should copy and paste legalize weed all over comments on every video on YouTube people that use Facebook and twitter should be doing whatever they do to this would be easy stuff that alot of people would do

    6. Sierra says:

      Why the **** isn’t it legal? Because the government has taught its’ people that it’s ‘bad.’ They don’t want to turn around and say no it’s not. Where did WE THE PEOPLE go? It’s not We The Government. Oh wait, it always has been We The Government. They just won’t admit it to keep the people patriotic. Alcohol & cigarettes kill thousands upon thousands per year. Marijuana, zero; except for the violence on the borders and such over marijuana. Why don’t we start paying off our trillions in debt? This could be the way. The government sucks… LEGALIZE.

    7. Sierra says:

      Also, if you look at the states that have decriminalized marijuana and those states’ incomes and crime rates then you’ll see it does no harm.

    8. USofA says:

      did clinton vote on this?

    9. Diego says:

      Legalize it

    10. Unfortunately the majority wants it legal still waiting! It sucks because the percentage would be higher if propaganda had not brainwashed so many minds into believing it was bad for you!

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