Gallup: 66% of Americans Support Federal Cannabis Legalization
Despite a rash of negative headlines surrounding the use of marijuana vaping products in recent months, two-thirds of Americans still support federal legalization of cannabis according to a new Gallup survey.
On Wednesday, the analytics and polling firm shared the results of its annual crime survey, which was conducted in early October and found that 66% of U.S. adults were in favor of legalizing cannabis.
That figure has remained unchanged over the last year, even as opponents of federal legalization point to vaping-related deaths and other lung illnesses as a concern.
According to Gallup, which polled more than 3,500 adults across its 2018 and 2019 surveys, 81 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 favor federal legalization.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 82% of respondents who identified as liberal said they support federal legalization, compared to just 48% of conservatives. Meanwhile, 74% of black Americans said they are in favor legal marijuana.
American attitudes toward cannabis have shifted dramatically since Gallup first began asking about making marijuana use legal in 1969. At that time, just 12 percent of the U.S. population thought cannabis should be legal.
Today, 11 states and Washington D.C. have passed laws legalizing the recreational use of cannabis, while another 22 states allow the sale of medical marijuana.
“As public opinion has become increasingly pro-marijuana, so has state policy,” Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote in a blog detailing the findings of the poll.
Earlier this year, Gallup found that 86% of pro-cannabis Americans said the plant’s medicinal benefits were a “very important” reason why they supported federal legalization.