Poll: Record High Support For Legal Marijuana

By Tom Angell | August 08, 2017

More than six in ten American voters now support legalizing marijuana.

That’s one of the findings in a new survey from Quinnipiac University.

The 61 percent in favor of ending cannabis prohibition matches the record high in a CBS poll earlier this year. That same month, Quinnipiac found legalization support at 60 percent.

The new poll, released last week, also showed that 94 percent of U.S. voters support medical cannabis.

And, perhaps most consequently at a time of growing uncertainty over the Trump administration’s approach to cannabis, the survey found that 75 percent of voters oppose federal interference with state marijuana laws — including a strong majority in every political, age, gender, racial and educational demographic. That’s up two points since Quinnipiac’s April poll.

Just one out of five — 20 percent — of voters now support “the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana.” Barely a third of Republicans — 34 percent — are in favor of such federal enforcement, along with just 14 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of independents.

When it comes to personal support for legalization, 70 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents are on board, while only 37 percent of Republicans want to end marijuana prohibition.

With regard to medical use, no demographic has less than 90 percent support for letting patients access cannabis without fear of arrest.

Unlike with previous surveys, Quinnipiac’s press release about the poll did not mention its cannabis questions, instead focusing on other findings regarding LGBT rights, health care and politics.

The marijuana results were first spotted by The Cannabist.

Tom Angell

Tom Angell is a senior political correspondent for MassRoots. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority and is editor of the daily Marijuana Moment newsletter.

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