Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Record-High 50 Percent of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use

By David Downs
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

According to a new poll from Gallup, "a record-high 50 percent of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46 percent last year. Forty-six percent say marijuana use should remain illegal,". Gallup interviewed 1,005 adults via telephone between October 6 and 9 to get the results, which they say has a margin of error of plus/minus four percent.

The poll represents a historic tipping point in the war on drugs, activists say, especially coming after a four percent jump in approval for pot in a single year. Demographic and technological changes are driving the numbers. "Support for legalizing marijuana is directly and inversely proportional to age, ranging from 62 percent approval among those 18 to 29 down to 31 percent among those 65 and older," Gallup notes. Graph after the jump.



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