Yesterday, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly and his team posed the following question on O’Reilly’s poll center:
Do you favor the legalization of marijuana?
The poll’s purpose was, in O’Reilly’s pipe dream world, to facilitate an extremely negative response and then to air a segment on The O’Reilly Factor derailing cannabis legalization (like he did Monday night). By polling his own audience, O’Reilly and his team could paint a delusional picture, but one supported by “data.”
And at first, it worked. 81% of the initial voters responded with a resolute “No.”
Then, the internet caught wind of the poll, made it go viral in the cannabis community, and worked its marijuana magic.
First, NORML posted the following message to its constituency on Facebook:
NORML Nation: Bill O’Reilly is hosting a poll on marijuana legalization, but unlike most polls, we are losing! Click to vote and turn the tide. Let’s show Prohibitionist O’Reilly that it is time to end the madness and legalize marijuana. Think we can flip these results?
That post got over 3,000 likes and 1,500 shares. Despite feeling “dirty” by giving O’Reilly’s poll serious web traffic, the NORML community rallied, and hit the poll hard.
UPDATE: We went from 18% for, 81% against (1,483 votes) to 70% for, 30% opposed (~4,000 votes) in about 20 minutes. Good work everyone!
Then, the same message made its to Reddit’s popular marijuana community. Then, this happened:
Update: The poll is holding steady with legal weed holding a comfortable 90%-10% lead.
This graphic paints a clear picture: the internet’s love of legal weed has become a force that cannot be reckoned with.
It’s unclear whether or not O’Reilly will ever air this ironic poll which pretty much derails his entire anti-pot hypothesis. It is clear that if Bill O’Reilly and Nancy Grace had a baby, the world would be doomed.