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Ten Straight Marijuana Legalization Polls Show Majority Support

Ten Straight Marijuana Legalization Polls Show Majority Support

By Russ Belville - June 6, 2016

Marijuana Legalization Polls

HAMDEN, Connecticut (CRN) – The ten latest marijuana legalization polls, including today’s from Quinnipiac University, show majority support for ending marijuana prohibition.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide in the last week of May, using both landlines and cell phones. The survey found that 54 percent of voters believe that “marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” with only 41 percent opposed.

Nine other national marijuana legalization polls have found majority support. Support has ranged as high 61 percent in polls from Associated Press and Benenson Strategy Group. Other majority polls in the past two years come from Gallup, Pew Research Center, General Social Survey, and CBS and FOX News.

Majority Marijuana Polls

The last poll not to clear 50 percent support for marijuana legalization came from CBS News in May, 2014. However, that poll found a 48-to-47 plurality support for legalization. A January, 2014, poll from ABC News / Washington post found a similar 49-to-48 plurality support for legalization.

The last poll to register nationwide plurality opposition to marijuana legalization was from February, 2013, when FOX News found 49-to-46 percent of Americans against it.

The last nationwide poll with a majority opposed to marijuana legalization was taken by Gallup in December, 2012, where they found 50 percent of Americans against it.

In other words, it has been three-and-a-half years since any poll found a majority against marijuana legalization and for the past two years, ten straight polls have shown majority support for legalization.