Almost 7 in 10 Americans Think Marijuana Should Be Legal, New Survey Finds

Nicholas E. Barron

Nearly seven out of ten Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new survey.

Sixty-eight percent of people tell Gallup they support marijuana legalization. That number matches the record high set last year.

The share of people favoring marijuana legalization has grown significantly since 2000. That year, 30% supported legalizing marijuana, but now those in favor outweigh those opposed by a margin of more than two-to-one.

Those supporting legalizing marijuana comprise a majority of all U.S. adults broken down by age, gender, education, and income.

But not politics and religion.

Politics, faith divide people on marijuana

Eighty-three percent of people who identify as Democrats believe marijuana should be legal. And 71% of independents say the same.

Only half of Republicans, though, support marijuana legalization, with 49% opposing it.

Those who frequently attend religious services also object to legalizing marijuana. Fifty-two percent of people who weekly or almost weekly participate in religious services say they’re not in favor of marijuana legalization.

Meanwhile, 78% of those who attend religious services “less often” are OK with legalizing marijuana.

This year’s political and religious divide between both sides of the marijuana legalization debate remains consistent with 2020’s survey.

Last year, 48% of Republicans favored legalizing marijuana versus 52% who opposed it. And 48% of weekly religious service attendees opposed marijuana legalization.

Marijuana legalization survey backs voting results.

In recent years, election outcomes have followed Gallup’s survey results.

Voters in four states in 2020 approved legal recreational marijuana use. Those states, Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Montana, joined others where voters previously chose to legalize some form of recreational marijuana use.

Adults in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam can legally use marijuana. Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2012.

Thirty-seven states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Guam, allow for medicinal use of marijuana.

And earlier this week, Philadelphia voters voted to decriminalize marijuana. Marijuana is decriminalized in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and at least 50 cities.

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