New poll finds highest support ever for weed legalization

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New poll finds highest support ever for weed legalization

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

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A new poll suggests that support for cannabis legalization in the United States is at an all-time high.

The results of the poll revealed how 54 percent of Republicans are in favor of legalization. Support for cannabis legalization from Republicans has never been so strong. Back in 2017, a Gallup poll saw 51 percent of people who identify themselves as Republicans support legalization. Gallup hadn’t reported such results for over 50 years.

It’s not just Republicans who are voicing their support for cannabis legalization in the United States. A whopping 76 percent of Democrats said they also back legalization.

All age groups support cannabis legalization in the U.S.

The staff at General Social Survey did not clarify whether or not the aforementioned figures relate to medical cannabis legalization or recreational cannabis legalization. Nonetheless, there’s no denying the fact that support for legal weed in the U.S. is being felt strongly from all age groups.

Results gleaned from the survey demonstrate support for cannabis legalization in the following age categories:

  • 72 percent of people aged 18-34
  • 64 percent of people aged 35-49
  • 57 percent of people aged 50-64
  • 46 percent of people aged 65 and above.

The final age group – 65 and above – was the only demographic whereby the majority didn’t support cannabis legalization. Regardless, the 46 percent of people aged 65 and above who support cannabis legalization in the U.S. has climbed since 2014, when just 38 percent of people in that age group favored legal weed. Back in 2010, the amount of people aged 65 and above who favored legalization rested at 29 percent.

Based on the results of the 2018 poll published by General Social Survey, not to mention the results of the Gallup survey we highlighted in this post, support for cannabis legalization among the American population is steadily getting stronger. This is true for individuals of all ages and political views.

When you consider the fact that a mere 19 percent of all people who partook in the 1973 General Social Survey voiced their support for cannabis legalization in the U.S., it’s clear that public perception on pot is metamorphosing. However, it should be noted that due to cannabis’ Schedule I classification the plant is still an illicit substance at the federal level, putting it side-by-side with more lethal narcotics, such as heroin.

On a more positive note, the results of these polls tell us that support for weed is at an all-time high. What’s more, Congress is seriously considering national legalization.