Gallup Poll Shows Historic Support for Legal Pot, Even Among GOP

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A majority of recently surveyed Americans believe it should be legal to relax with marijuana – including Republicans.

Gallup’s latest survey has put the political establishment on notice. In addition to determining that 64 percent of surveyed Americans support legalizing adult-use cannabis – Gallup has discovered the roots of legalization have crossed the political divide.

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Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana courtesy of Gallup

A potential disruptor in the vacillating world of politics – where polls determine policy – Gallup’s new survey unearthed some welcome data points. A majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support marijuana reform.

Support for Marijuana Legalization by Political Affiliation

  • 51% of Republicans support legalizing marijuana
  • 67% of Independents support legalizing marijuana
  • 72% of Democrats support legalizing marijuana
 majority of GOP supports marijuana legalization

Republican support for legal marijuana poll courtesy of Gallup

For their 2017 survey, Gallup polled 1,028 adults from all 50 states between October 5-11.

First asked in 1969 – “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not? – the initial response was less than supportive. As America became entrenched in the Vietnam War and 350,000 music fans attended Woodstock, only 12 percent of those surveyed in 1969 supported the outright legalization of marijuana.

According to the Gallup organization, the trend is hard to miss: “As efforts to legalize marijuana at the state level continue to yield successes, public opinion, too, has shifted toward greater support.”

A potential wake-up call for the Trump Administration and its Department of Justice, Gallup concluded their survey by noting: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions could find himself out of step with his own party if the current trends continue.”

Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

5 Comments

  1. Steven Carl Griffin on

    It’s high time(pun intended), that support from all parties has crossed over the 50% mark. About time. I yell out “C’mon now, please join the party because it’s better late than never Republican’s”. Knowing what I know about tokers in the real world, I’ll pass the “J” to any and all sides. We all know that all political affiliations delve into the sweet herbs magical healing process. Either for one reason or another, or just because, it’s refreshing to know my brothers and sisters from the right are now better than half way there. Meet you at the finish line!

  2. I don’t like to type. I just typed a long comment and this page did not accept it and so completely deleted what I had put down. So I will simply say BE PATIENT and SUPPORT WEED and DISPENSARIES.
    Thanks

  3. I support the legalization of Medical Marijuana. The difference of Recreational & Medical Marijuana is an MMJ card (Medical) and high prices for Recreational Marijuana. Be smart and get an MMJ card. Your wallet will thank you.

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