20 October 2016
Support for the Legalization of Marijuana, by Age Group
2003 and 2005
Note: Analysis combines data from 2003 and 2005 because each survey asked the question of a half-sample of respondents
The Washington Post reports
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows 60 percent of American adults now say that marijuana should be legal, the highest level of support in nearly a half-century of polling on the question.
The Gallup poll tracks closely with numbers from the Pew Research Center released last week showing 57 percent support for legalization.
When Gallup first asked about legalization in 1969 only 12 percent of Americans supported the proposition. Support rose briefly to 28 percent in the late ’70s, but languished in the low- to mid-20s throughout much of the ’80s and ’90s, as the federal war on drugs hit a fever pitch.