Marijuana Legalization Wins Solid Majority Support

Oct 27, 2012

A solid major­ity of Amer­i­cans sup­port legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana, either with or with­out taxes and reg­u­la­tions sim­i­lar to those imposed on alco­holic bev­er­ages, accord­ing to a new sur­vey con­ducted by YouGov for The Huff­in­g­ton Post. The poll found that 51 per­cent of adults sup­port legal­iz­ing, tax­ing and reg­u­lat­ing mar­i­juana like alco­hol, while another 8 per­cent sup­port legal­iz­ing pot but don’t want it taxed and reg­u­lated like alco­hol. Only 26 per­cent of respon­dents said that mar­i­juana should not be legal­ized, and another 15 per­cent said they weren’t sure. Sup­port for allow­ing doc­tors to pre­scribe med­ical mar­i­juana for their patients was even higher than sup­port for legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana. Sixty-four per­cent of respon­dents said they either some­what or strongly favored per­mit­ting doc­tors to pre­scribe small amounts of pot, and 23 per­cent said they were opposed. Sup­port was high­est among peo­ple aged 45 to 64 — 74 per­cent of whom said they favored allow­ing doc­tors to pre­scribe mar­i­juana — and low­est among younger adults — only 56 per­cent of whom favored it. Most other polls have found lower per­cent­ages of Amer­i­cans in favor of legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana, although they have shown a trend toward sup­port and a few have found a major­ity in sup­port. A Gallup poll released a year ago showed a bare 50 per­cent major­ity sup­port for mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion. But a Pub­lic Reli­gion Insti­tute sur­vey con­ducted this Sep­tem­ber found more opposed to than in favor of legal­iz­ing it. Other sur­veys last year, such as those by CBS News and Pew Research Cen­ter, also found higher lev­els of oppo­si­tion than sup­port. The dif­fer­ence in the results from the HuffPost/YouGov sur­vey and other polls may be partly explained by their method­olo­gies. While most of the other polls used live inter­view­ers over the phone, the HuffPost/YouGov poll was con­ducted online. Dif­fer­ences in ques­tion word­ing may also be part of the expla­na­tion. Whereas most sur­veys have asked only whether respon­dents favored or opposed mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion, the Huff­Post sur­vey offered a third option of legal­iz­ing pot and then tax­ing and reg­u­lat­ing like alco­hol. That option may have gar­nered sup­port from those inclined to favor legal­iza­tion but con­cerned about the con­se­quences, for exam­ple, when young peo­ple smoke it or when indi­vid­u­als use mar­i­juana and then drive a car. In the HuffPost/YouGov sur­vey, sup­port for legal­iz­ing, tax­ing and reg­u­lat­ing mar­i­juana was steady across age groups, rang­ing from a low of 49 per­cent among those between ages 45 and 64 (roughly the Baby Boom gen­er­a­tion) to 53 per­cent among those age 65 and older, with younger groups falling in between. Sup­port for legal­iz­ing with­out taxes and reg­u­la­tions showed more vari­a­tion. Those under age 29 and between ages 45 and 64 were most likely to sup­port legal­iza­tion pure and sim­ple — 9 per­cent and 13 per­cent, respec­tively — while those between ages 30 and 44 and those age 65 and older were less likely to sup­port it — 5 per­cent and 3 per­cent, respec­tively. Those age 65 and older were most likely to oppose legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana alto­gether, with 38 per­cent say­ing no. The poll found more vari­a­tion among peo­ple of dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal par­ties. Sixty-four per­cent of Democ­rats, 41 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 47 per­cent of inde­pen­dents said they sup­ported legal­iza­tion with taxes and reg­u­la­tions. Eleven per­cent of inde­pen­dents, 6 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 5 per­cent of Democ­rats sup­ported legal­iza­tion with­out reg­u­la­tions. Over­all, oppo­si­tion was high­est among Repub­li­cans, but even so, more Repub­li­cans favored one of the two legal­iza­tion options (47 per­cent) than opposed legal­iza­tion entirely (44 per­cent). More respon­dents sup­ported some form of legal­iza­tion than said they had used pot them­selves. A major­ity (54 per­cent) said they had never used the drug, while 38 per­cent said they had. Eight per­cent pre­ferred not to say. Mar­i­juana use was higher among male than female respon­dents. Forty-five per­cent of men said they had used mar­i­juana in their life­time, and 44 per­cent said they had not. By con­trast, 33 per­cent of women said they had used mar­i­juana, and 62 per­cent said they had not. The HuffPost/YouGov sur­vey was con­ducted online on Oct. 23 among 1,000 U.S. adults and has a 4.2 per­cent­age point mar­gin of error. It used a sam­ple drawn from YouGov’s opt-in online panel that was selected to match the demo­graph­ics and other char­ac­ter­is­tics of the adult U.S. pop­u­la­tion. Fac­tors con­sid­ered include age, race, gen­der, edu­ca­tion, employ­ment, income, mar­i­tal sta­tus, num­ber of chil­dren, voter reg­is­tra­tion, time and loca­tion of Inter­net access, inter­est in pol­i­tics, reli­gion, and church atten­dance. Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Emily Swan­son Pub­lished: Octo­ber 24, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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