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Legalization Supported By 62% of Americans: New Poll

A hefty majority of American adults support national Cannabis legalization, another new poll has found.


A hefty majority of U.S. adults support national Cannabis legalization, another new poll has found. This is the second national survey reflecting this reality released over the past week, reports Marijuana Moment.

Rasmussen Reports asked Americans if they support the “national legalization of marijuana,” and 62 percent of respondents said yes. Only 26 percent oppose legalization, and a wishy washy 14 percent “weren’t sure.”

Even among Republicans, 54 percent said they back legalization. That compares to 68 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of those who said they had an “other” political affiliation.

Three years ago, 54% of likely voters favored legalizing marijuana nationwide in a Rasmussen survey.

Legalization Levels: Whose Call Is It?

The poll asked whether respondents felt legalization should be a federal, state or local decision.

About half (47 percent) said the federal government should be in charge of legalizing cannabis, 32 percent said the states should make the decision, and 11 percent favor local action.

Just over half of respondents, 53%, said they live in a state where Cannabis is legal. Meanwhile, just 38 percent who said they didn’t. Exactly half, 50%, said they’ve smoked marijuana, versus 45 percent who said they haven’t.

The only groups, in fact, with minority support for national marijuana legalization were those 65 or older (40 percent) and those with incomes of $200,000 or more (38 percent).

The survey involved interviews with 1,000 Americans from October 21-24. The margin of error is +/-3 percentage points.

Second Poll Showing Majority Support Within A Week

This is the second poll in a few days to show majority public support for pot legalization.

A new survey from Gallup found that 68 percent of American adults support legalization.

That percentage remained unchanged since Gallup reported its last poll in November 2020, where support had reached its highest level since 1969.

The release of these polls comes as Congressional lawmakers continue to attempt reform. A major House committee approved a legalization bill in September. Senate leaders are also pushing a plan to end federal marijuana prohibition. And a new Republican-led effort to federally legalize and tax cannabis is soon to drop in the House, reports Marijuana Moment.

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