Another Poll Shows Majority Support for Legalization


Adding to a string of recent polling demonstrating that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, a new survey conducted by Morning Consult finds that 55 percent of registered voters in the U.S. want to end prohibition. Just 38 percent are opposed, and eight percent are undecided.

Majority support for legalization exists among men and women polled, and extends across all age groups, except for those over 65 years old. Sixty-three percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents surveyed support legalization, while 42 percent of Republicans are on board.

Fifty-four percent of whites, 60 percent of Hispanics and 63 percent of African Americans want to end prohibition.

The overall results are generally in line with other recent national surveys from Gallup (which found 58 percent support for legalization), Pew (53 percent) and CBS News (53 percent).

According to the new poll, national support for legalizing marijuana is stronger than support for legalizing same-sex marriage, which netted 49 percent support. The same percentage of Democrats back same-sex marriage as endorse legalizing cannabis (63 percent), but smaller shares of independents (51 percent) and Republicans (32 percent) are on board with marriage equality than support marijuana legalization.

The Morning Consult poll was conducted from October 22-25, and included a national sample of 1,689 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.

See the full marijuana results here.

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About Author

Tom Angell covers policy and politics for Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization Marijuana Majority, which works to ensure that elected officials and the media treat legalization as a serious, mainstream issue. Marijuana Majority led the effort to get the U.S. Conference of Mayors to pass a resolution telling the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, and orchestrated the first-ever endorsement for marijuana legalization by a U.S. Supreme Court justice (John Paul Stevens). Previously, Tom worked for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (All organizations are listed for identification purposes only.)


  1. But when your government is controlled by corporate lobbyists who want to maintain the status quo in order to control the wealth, it’s still a huge battle for the will of the people to be recognized. This is why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, he’s not funded by a super PAC and won’t owe any of these international corporations jack shit, unlike every other candidate that is backed by Goldman Sachs and other scum.

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