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Poll: Solid Majority Of Voters Back Legalizing Cannabis

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 4, 2012

    Nearly six out of ten Americans support legalizing cannabis, according to a just released Public Policy Polling automated telephone survey of 1,325 voters, commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project.

    58 percent of respondents said that marijuana ‘should be legal.’ Only 34 percent of respondents opposed the notion of legalizing cannabis. A solid plurality of voters (47 percent of respondents versus 33 percent) also said that the federal government should not interfere with newly passed marijuana legalization measures in Colorado and Washington.

    Male respondents endorsed legalization by a greater margin than women. 62 percent of men backed legalization; 54 percent of female respondents endorsed legalizing marijuana.

    A majority of self-identified Democrats and Independents backed legalization (68 percent and 59 percent respectively), while a majority of Republicans failed to do so (42 percent).

    Respondents were nearly equally divided on the question of whether they believed cannabis to be safer than alcohol. Forty-five percent of respondents agreed with the premise, while 42 percent disagreed.

    The survey results are similar to those reported last week by Angus Reid that found that 54 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. Sixty-six percent of those polled by Angus Reid said that they anticipate that cannabis will be legalized within the next ten years.

    An October 2012 poll by YouGov and the Huffington Post reported that 59 percent of Americans favor legalization. By contrast, separate polls in recent weeks by CBS News and The Washington Post/ABC News have indicated weaker support for legalization, particularly among older voters.

    Nonetheless, the overall polling data indicates that a greater percentage of Americans today back legalizing marijuana than at any prior time in modern history.

    48 Responses to “Poll: Solid Majority Of Voters Back Legalizing Cannabis”

    1. […] of Americans today back legalizing marijuana than at any prior time in modern history.”  http://blog.norml.org/2012/12/04/poll-solid-majority-of-voters-back-legalizing-cannabis/  Related […]

    2. Anon. says:

      Can we say “Tipping Point?”
      I knew ya could.

    3. Anonymous says:

      hemp hemp horay

    4. St. Nick says:

      Peyote is legal for some Americans and the government stays out of that and nothing bad is happening from it. We just want Pot legal. It would make this country then all countries better! It literally has dozens of good uses and no bad effects like some medication (seek immediate medical attention for an erection lasting more than 4 hours). People who know what Marijuana is like all know that it’s ridiculous to have it illegal. There are so many good uses it has.

    5. Wow. says:

      42 percent disagreed with the premise of believing cannabis to be safer than alcohol.

      it’s a shame that we have to care what they believe. it’s a shame that they even choose to “believe” in an answer instead of simply finding the answer. if i ask you what 23409×13784 equals, would you believe the number to be _____? no, b/c you can simply calculate to find out the nonnegotiable answer. one doesn’t believe that 2×2=4, one knows* b/c it’s a question which can be answered with either a yes or a no with no room for compromise.

      the question of whether cannabis is safer than alcohol is similar to the question of what 2×2 equals, b/c there is an answer which can be discovered by performing the necessary calculations (or research, in matter of the cannabis/alcohol question)

      ah, i shouldn’t be so pessimistic. in time, the world will review these reports with amusement and fascination, the same way we study old maps which place the Earth as the center of the solar system, let alone the universe.

    6. JC says:

      Great news, sadly some of the older voters suffer from the misinformation and demonizing of Cannabis. Let us keep the momentum and write our reps to ensure they support bills like HB 6606 to ensure the states do not get messed with.
      I am still thrilled at the victory of Washington, Colorado!
      Thanks.

    7. Michael F says:

      I hate parts like this:
      “Respondents were nearly equally divided on the question of whether they believed cannabis to be safer than alcohol. Forty-five percent of respondents agreed with the premise, while 42 percent disagreed.”

      What do random people off the street know? Meaning, there are many studies that show that Marijuana is, in fact, much safer than alcohol; however, random people on the street probably don’t know that.

    8. Will Jenkins says:

      What will the American NAZI Police State and the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex Poison sellers do now!! O the Humanity

    9. fishcreekbob says:

      2 more days. Make it legal already Come on Come on Make it legal. Come on …

    10. rick says:

      with the polls showing this much support how much longer do we have to wait on the feds to repeal this stupid law prohibiting cannibus iam not a criminal and shouldnt be subject to drug testing or jail ,just because i would rather smoke than drink, people band togather end end the war on cannibus

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