59% of All Americans Want Marijuana to Be Legalized

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director October 24, 2012

    A new poll, conducted by Huffington Post and YouGov, has support for marijuana legalization at an astounding 59% amongst all Americans – the largest support yet recorded in a nationwide poll. Only 26% of respondents stated that marijuana should remain illegal.

    The survey asked 1,000 U.S. adults their views on the legalization of marijuana and provided them four options to select from. The breakdown is as follows:

    1) Marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated like alcohol – 51%
    2) Marijuana should be legalized but NOT taxed and regulated like alcohol – 8%
    3) Marijuana should not be legalized – 26%
    4) Not sure – 15%

    These results show a continued upward trend in support for marijuana legalization in this country. Last year, Gallup recorded support out pacing opposition, 50% to 46%, for the first time in about four decades of polling on the question. Another survey by AngusReid had support for legalization as high as 56%. Worth noting in this recent data is that much of the country is still not comfortable with the unregulated “tomato” model of legalization and prefer regulations similar to alcohol by about 5 to 1 (52% to 8%).

    The American people are quickly opening their eyes to the egregious failure that is our government’s war on cannabis. Win or lose, the three legalization initiatives on the ballot this November in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, have elevated legalization to a mainstream debate and helped the ending of prohibition become an issue discussed in homes across the country.

    We the people are ready to see smart and sensible reform to our marijuana laws. We will no longer stand idly by while we waste tens of millions of tax dollars on a failed policy that terrorizes our citizens and robs us of our civil liberties. Let’s Smoke the Vote this November and send a clear message to the federal government that these are the “Final Days of Prohibition.” If this latest poll is any indication, radical change will be coming to the United States’ marijuana policy, and much sooner than later.

    View more information on this poll here.

    53 responses to “59% of All Americans Want Marijuana to Be Legalized”

    1. Anonymous says:

      And yet 98% percent of those elected/reelected to Federal, State, and Local offices next week couldn’t be more unequivicable in their opposition to any leftward change in marijuana prohibition.
      Both parties, in all states, from the Office of the President to your neighborhood Justice of the Peace. The Democrats will talk about weed that’s so much stronger than so long ago when they made such a horrible, tragic mistake of smoking a joint (one time only mind you,) at a Pink Floyd Concert. The Republicans will demand a Govt big enough to stop you from growing a plant in your backyard and smoking it.

    2. Paul Pot says:

      Woo Hoo!

    3. Douglas says:

      I believe the Feds will have no problem with coming up with the man power. They can swear in our army to help in the bust’s .Romney has no problem with this. The money is no problem. They can divert money ear mark for other programs for to pay for it. If only (W) wins they will go after Colorado medical cannabis stores and all the rest of the stores at once. I believe if the (R) Can take all 3 house’s then you will see all this play out in a year time.

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      Far out! First the Higgs boson and now this.

    5. Galileo Galilei says:


      I share the vision in your second paragraph.

    6. somedood says:

      I think those “not sure” people should eat a guess what…

    7. phrtao says:

      People seem to finally be accepting regulated marijuana as a part of life as alcohol has been for many years. There does not seem to be any overwhelming argument to reverse this trend. The prohibitionists may try to portray legalisation in Washington as a failure (when it happens) but unless it really is a disaster people will simply think they are even more ridiculous than they already look.

      Maybe Keith Stroup will get a well deserved Nobel Prize (after all they gave Obama one just for being black !)

    8. menace says:

      Gweedo is 100% correct ! Change is coming
      Feds won’t be able to go after everyone.
      They will try another tactic, but the people will prevail.

    9. Fireweed says:

      BW, that may be, Washington does look like the most likely. But even if just one state wins, with this 59% poll, it might only take one to be the final straw that breaks the prohibition camel’s back. It only takes one domino to start the chain reaction. That’s how alcohol prohibition ended; one state at a time.

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