New Poll: Record High Support for Marijuana in U.S.

Dec 04, 2012 , , , , ,

According to a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, a record high 58% of American voters said they think marijuana should be made legal, compared to only 39% who do not. In addition, 50% of respondents said they think marijuana will become legal under federal law within the next 10 years.

A strong plurality (47%) of respondents said they think President Obama should allow Colorado and Washington to implement the ballot measures approved by voters last month to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. Just 33% said they approve of President Obama using federal resources to prevent them from going into effect. Interestingly, support for the rights of states could be higher, but 46% of Republicans surveyed support the federal government asserting its power over the states.

Download the full poll results here.

Marijuana possession by adults is scheduled to become legal in Washington on Thursday when Initiative 502 officially goes into effect. A similar measure adopted by Colorado voters, Amendment 64, will go into effect no later than January 6. The new laws in Colorado and Washington make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. They also direct the legislatures of both states to create regulations in order to establish a legal market for businesses to cultivate and sell marijuana to adults. So far, the federal government has not stated whether it intends to use any resources to interfere with the implementation of the new state laws.

The poll of 1,325 voters asked the same question that has been used by Gallup since 1970 to measure support for marijuana legalization in the country. In October 2011 Gallup found, for the first time, a majority (50%) of Americans supported making marijuana legal. Election results and pre-election polls in Colorado suggest PPP’s automated telephone survey might be a more accurate gauge of support for marijuana legalization, perhaps due to a hesitancy of voters to express their pro-marijuana sentiments to live operators, such as those utilized by Gallup.


14 responses to “New Poll: Record High Support for Marijuana in U.S.”

  1. Marijuana Prohibition is hugely immoral and the so called War on Drugs should be ended immediately. Marijuana users should not be jailed and statistics prove undoubtably that drug related crime would diminish overnight if legalized and regulated.

  2. Wait a minute–“46% of Republicans surveyed support the federal government asserting its power over the states”?!? What ever happened to “the less government, the better”? Or maybe that only applies to affordable health care and reproductive rights …

  3. we need this to happen in ny state. so the people that need medical marijuana have it. and it will help with the money problems instead of raiseing taxs and other things.

  4. Its the most natural thing out there and can do so much good for people young and old. Its helps from insomnias to Add to stress. In the younger group it can even help the bipolar, depressed, add and adhd people. And for the adults it helps us with sleep, pain and depression. So give us back our freedom and let us smoke when we need too.

  5. Our presidents squeak by with 1% of the electoral college and a sometimes without the popular vote, and they win election. In Mass the medical marijuana ballot measure passed with 63% of the vote! Colorado and and Washington have outright legalization for adults. 18 states in January will have some sort of legalized cannabis. So when will anyone in Congress spend some political capital and act? The IRS says that Congress needs to act. The Attorney General says Congress needs to act. The DEA says Congress needs to act. But Congress is scared of upsetting law enforcement so they do not act, because you don’t get elected if the law enforcement lobby calls you “soft on crime.”
    Maybe when 26 states (over half the Union) agree that marijuana has some medicinal value Congress will get off their butts and re-schedule it.

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