In the turn of the twenty first century, and especially in recent years, a variety of popular polls from several organizations have revealed that more citizens of The United States of America actually support the legalization of marijuana than the ones who oppose it. Indeed, an even larger percent of Americans strongly believe that the prohibition of all cannabis — hemp and marijuana — should be overturned nationwide.
The poll, recently released, showed that over sixty percent of American voters agreed with legalizing cannabis. Nearly forty percent of people responded that it should remain illegal, or that state governments should re-enact strict prohibition laws. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the idea of legalizing marijuana has been continuing to gain popularity, with the movement’s support raising from fifty eight percent to sixty one percent since two thousand and thirteen.
Since marijuana is not currently legal in many states across America, there was also a survey question about what penalties should be for people caught with the plant in their possession. With such a widespread support for the legalizing of the drug to begin with, and considering that it is not inherently harmful like many other drugs, it is not very surprising that over seventy percent of all surveyors were in favor of issuing minor monetary fines as opposed to prison time for weed offenders.
Needless to say, the opposition was much smaller, with not even thirty percent of the voters on this side of the issue. However, when the polls were analyzed more deeply, analysts found that the majority of Republicans and conservatives opted for monetary fines as penalties instead of jail sentences. This demonstrated that the support for marijuana law reform did not depend upon which political party participants associate with.
Whereas fifty nine percent of the voters under the age of fifty were in support of legalization, sixty one percent of the Republicans over fifty were against it. Even with the majority of GOP members still against legalizing the drug, it seems as though this may shift as years go by, considering that most of the ones against it are of the older generations.
The poll, conducted by Beyond the Beltway, was funded by Benson Strategy Group and SKD Knickerbocker firms out of Washington D.C.. The February 2015 survey consisted of 1,034 registered voters. The margin of error is ±3.05% and higher among subgroups.