A new poll released by market research firm YouGov showed that 57% of Americans support full cannabis legalization, while only 27% objected to legalization and 16% were unsure. The poll, conducted on Nov. 29, was answered by over 40,000 Americans of various ages, political affiliations, and income levels.
One of the main takeaways of the poll was that cannabis legalization is still, in large part, a political issue. Although feelings on cannabis (leaning toward legalization) were mostly consistent across ages, genders, and income levels, results revealed a significant divide between political parties on the subject. For Democrats, cannabis legalization was collectively backed with 70% of them voicing support. On the other side of the aisle, only 40% of Republicans said that they would support legalization.
Despite the fact that more Republicans who answered the YouGov poll called for not legalizing cannabis, Republican and bipartisan support for legalization has grown in recent years, suggesting that this age-old divide on drug policy may be on the decline. A bipartisan bill that would legalize recreational cannabis emerged in Pennsylvania in October, and a Republican Congresswoman introduced a federal decriminalization bill in November.
YouGov’s poll is not the only one showing a shift in public opinion on cannabis. A poll released by the Pew Research Center in April showed that 60% of Americans were in favor of legalized medical and recreational use. Gallup’s 2021 Consumption Habits poll found that 49% of Americans had tried cannabis, compared to only 4% in 1970.
With more and more Americans changing their stance on cannabis yearly, more reform policies are likely around the corner. What do you think of YouGov’s poll? Do you see cannabis legalization in America’s near future? Let us know in the comments!
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