A brand new Gallup ballot launched this morning discovered that 68% of Individuals imagine hashish must be legalized, the best share in additional than 50 years.

The Gallup group started asking Individuals about marijuana again in 1969. At the moment solely 12% of respondents stated it must be authorized.

The determine hovered within the 25-30% vary between 1975 and 2000. Then it started steadily climbing.

Individuals actually like legalization

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Assist for legalization started steadily climbing within the early 2000s. It now stands at 68%. (Gallup Group)

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Polled simply earlier than the election

The most recent knowledge are from a Sept. 30-Oct. 15 ballot, with a pattern measurement of 1,035 adults from all 50 states, performed earlier than the election that noticed legalization proposals on the poll in a number of states. Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota permitted the authorized use of adult-use marijuana within the Nov. 3 election. They be part of 11 different states and the District of Columbia.

Moreover, voters in Mississippi and South Dakota be part of 33 states and the District of Columbia in passing legal guidelines legalizing or decriminalizing the usage of marijuana for medicinal functions.

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Age stays a key distinction

As in lots of earlier polls, assist for legalization tracks with age. Older Individuals are typically much less supportive, whereas youthful respondents overwhelmingly embrace legalization. Almost 80% of Individuals age 18 to 29 assist legalization, whereas solely 55% of Individuals 65 and older agree.

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Youthful Individuals favor legalization in far larger numbers than their elders. (Gallup Group)

Republican assist dips barely

Democrats nonetheless favor legalization in larger numbers than Republicans, with 83% of blue voters embracing it, and 48% of crimson voters agreeing.

Republican assist dipped a bit over the previous yr, from 51% assist in 2019 to 48% assist in 2020.

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Democrats nonetheless favor legalization extra strongly than Republicans. (Gallup Group)

Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington turned the primary states to legalize leisure marijuana, there was a gentle motion towards state-led legalization.

Over that interval, Individuals’ assist for marijuana legalization has risen 20 factors to a record-high 68%. Legalization has loved majority assist from the general public since 2013. Moreover, Gallup knowledge from earlier this yr discover that 70% of U.S. adults now take into account smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, marking a five-percentage-point uptick in a single yr.

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Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees information, investigations, and have tasks. He’s a Guggenheim Fellow and creator of Weed the Individuals: The Way forward for Authorized Marijuana in America.

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