Half of Americans Support Legal Marijuana for First Time
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
A plurality of Americans for the first time supports the legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup survey.
In the new poll, 50% said the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 46% oppose the idea.
Last year, support for legalization was at 46%.
Favorability towards legalizing the drug has been growing since the 1970s, particularly during the last two decades. In 1969, only 12% favored it, while 84% were opposed. From the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, support remained in the mid-20s. Then, in 2000, it passed 30%, and by 2009, it had jumped to 40%.
According to Gallup, support for legalization varies greatly according to age group. Although only 31% of those aged 65 or older are in favor of legalizing marijuana use, support rises to 56% for ages 30-49 and 62% for ages 18-29. Men are more likely to favor legalization than women (55% to 46%). Regionally, only in the South does support drop below 50%.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
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