Americans ‘High’ on Legalization of Marijuana
A new poll reveals that a high majority of American voters support the legalization of marijuana in the United States.
The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,193 American voters nationwide, conducted from 20-24 April, reveals:
- Voters support, 63% to 33%, legalizing marijuana in the US, the highest level of support ever measured in a Quinnipiac poll. The previous high was 61% to 33% in August 2017.
- Support for use of medical marijuana is 93% to 5%, similar to prior polls.
- There is a wide gender gap as 43% of American voters say they have used recreational marijuana, including 54% of men and 33% of women.
- Voters oppose 70% to 23% the enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
- In fact, voters support 74% to 20% a bill protecting states with legal medical or recreational marijuana from federal prosecution.
- Increased revenue from taxes on recreational marijuana is a good reason to legalize marijuana, voters say 54% to 42%.
- Voters say 61% to 31% that marijuana is not a “gateway drug” to narcotics.
“Voters are more favorable to legalizing marijuana than in any previous Quinnipiac University survey, and do not see its use as a gateway to more serious drugs,” said the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.
Editor’s Note: The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide public opinion surveys of American voters, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.
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