Fox News Poll: Nationwide Support For Medical Marijuana Legalization At All Time High

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 1, 2013

    Nearly nine out of ten Americans — including 80 percent of self-identified Republicans — now say that marijuana should be legal if its use is permitted by a physician, according to nationwide Fox News telephone poll of 1,010 registered voters. The poll, released today, was conducted by under the direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) and possesses margin of sampling error of ± 3 percentage points.

    According to the poll, 85 percent of voters agree that adults ought to be allowed to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes if a physician authorizes it. The total marked an increase in support of four percent since Fox last polled the question in 2010 and is the highest level of public support for the issue ever reported in a scientific poll.

    Although respondents were divided on whether they believed that “most people who smoke medical marijuana truly need it,” the overwhelming majority of voters nonetheless agreed that consuming the plant should be legal if a doctor permits it.

    To date, eighteen states and Washington, DC have enacted laws authorizing the physician-supervised use of cannabis therapy. Medical cannabis legalization measures are presently pending in a number of additional state legislatures, including Illinois, New Hampshire, and New York.

    Voters in the Fox News poll were less supportive of the notion of legalizing the non-medical consumption of marijuana. The poll reported that only 46 percent of voters favored broader legalization, while 49 percent of respondents opposed the idea. Self-identified Democrats (57 percent) were far more likely to support legalizing cannabis than Republicans (33 percent) or Independents (47 percent). Men (51 percent) were more likely to support legalization than were women (41 percent). Those age 35 or under were most likely (62 percent) to back legalization while those age 65 and older were least likely (31 percent) to be supportive.

    By contrast, in recent months national polls by The Pew Research Center, YouGov.com, Quinnipiac University, and Public Policy Polling have reported majority public support for legalizing and regulating the adult use of cannabis.

    Despite the overwhelming public support for medical marijuana law reform, legislation in Congress to amend federal law to allow for its use it states which permit it — House Bill 689, the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act — only possess 16 co-sponsors (less than four percent of the entire US House of Representatives). The bill has been referred to both the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health and to the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations — neither of which have scheduled the bill for a public hearing.

    19 responses to “Fox News Poll: Nationwide Support For Medical Marijuana Legalization At All Time High”

    1. Chris in WI says:

      Why are facts subject to polling? Cannabis is safe medicine. science > opinion. I understand we’re finally winning, but why can’t facts win just by being true?
      If 55% of Americans believe the moon is made of cheese it doesn’t make it an actual possibility! So frustrating!

    2. Ben says:

      so, Uncle Sam,
      stop farking around and legalize it.
      Also, fix it so employers cannot hassle employees for utilizing it-
      and stop with the laws limiting its partakers rights.

    3. TheOracle says:

      I thought I misread the headline the first time. Fox News just didn’t register.

      What are the percentages for Fox News viewers in favor of MMJ, full legalization?

      Is the respective percentage a small part of self-identified Republicans, very vocal and driving the majority of their party, directing the Nitschean herd?

      You got a list of all 50 U.S. states plus all U.S. territories (D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, you name it) for how much money they could save and make for legal MMJ? Off of full legalization? Rough estimates are fine. A great bookmarker for Congressional staffers and the congressperson, with all the binders they have to sift through.

      I just don’t see that money carrot being dangled out there in front of Fox News viewers right now. Even if they bitch about it because their viewers are apt to disagree it’s publicity that is also giving them information to persuade them ($ saved & revenue estimates by state/territory). Picture this: O’Reilly is drooling and disagreeing with hot marijuana milfs. Yes, milfs because that’s what you see on Fox News a lot. A whole lot. Showing leg. Give ’em what they want. Ratings. Think ratings!

      [Paul Armentano responds: Fox simply commissioned the poll; they did not conduct it. Also, it was not a poll of Fox News viewers. It was a scientific poll among a random national sample of 1,010 registered voters. In fact, of those polled, 42% were self-identified Democrats and 38% were Republicans.

      For references regarding taxation and lost revenue, see: http://www.forbes.com/2007/09/29/marijuana-laws-work-biz-cx_qh_1001pot.html.%5D

    4. Cleveland Green says:

      Its all back fill
      as the older folks fade away the youngers that fill in have a clear and truthful knowledge of our flower
      Sad is that the brain washed could have had a better life
      and/or healthier one.

    5. Cleveland Green says:

      Its all back fill
      as the older folks fade away the youngers that fill in have a clear and truthful knowledge of our flower
      Sad is that the brain washed could have had a better life
      and/or a healthier one.
      Meanwhile Megan Kelly stays high.

    6. dk says:

      I’m beginning to think that Prez is gonna punt this issue to his successor. It will be a hot issue in 2016, count on that. Christie would get it done. I don’t know about Hillary or any of the rest. Big business is looking at the potential windfall. Even broad mmj would be a tremendous help.

    7. Julian says:

      At the heart of this tragic irony is Michelle Leonhart, Director of the DEA, our Tragic Heroine, whose hubris and hamartia was her testimony that “marijuana is not a medicine.” Please sign my petition at the white house “we the people,” site to eliminate the ability for any executive agency to legislate. Cops should not write law. Cops writing marijuana law is the climax of our tragic irony under the Controlled Substance Act.
      Asset forfeiture.
      Funds to deny that marijuana is a medicine.
      There is a reason we have three brances of government. Corrupt amendments like these and more are in the C.S. Act and we must stand together to end this violation of our freedom. Here is the link:

      End prohibition: End Cops writing law.

    8. somedood says:

      Fuck a physician. Legalize it for adult use and piss off…

    9. Galileo Galilei says:

      “Fair and balanced” is just a slogan at Fox News. During the month I watched, I expected them to be at least as good as the “main stream media” they deride. They were NOT.

      (They are STILL denying anthropogenic climate change!)

      Is anyone surprised their poll numbers against recreational herb use vary from today’s norm as seen in multiple other polls?

      Also, the State’s Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations!!??. What a joke!

    10. Douglas says:

      There no way. Dont u pot head know that if u smoke a joint the marijunan booge man going to come in your room and yank your dank off
      And it a fact pot is a gate way drug. I know The Dare offcer told me so