Two-thirds of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization
Eight percent prefer to keep marijuana illegal in all circumstances
Two-thirds of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who oppose legalization has fallen from 52 percent in 2010 to 32 percent today.
Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (91 percent) say marijuana should be legal either for medical and recreational use (59 percent) or that it should be legal just for medical use (32 percent). Fewer than one-in-ten (8 percent) prefer to keep marijuana illegal in all circumstances, according to the survey, conducted Sept. 3 to 15 on Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
As in the past, there are wide partisan and generational differences in views of marijuana legalization. Nearly eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (78 percent) say marijuana use should be legal. Republicans and Republican leaners are less supportive, with 55 percent in favor of legalization and 44 percent opposed.
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