Economist Poll: ‘Huge Majority’ Supports Legalizing Marijuana


Graphic: The Economist

‚ÄčA new poll from The Economist and YouGov contains exciting news for marijuana advocates. “A huge majority of Americans, more than two to one once ‘don’t knows’ have been excluded, support the legalization and taxation of marijuana,” the magazine announced.

Even without excluding the “don’t knows,” a clear majority — 58 percent — favors treating cannabis like tobacco or alcohol, according to the poll.
The data reveal some interesting patterns, according to the magazine. In every age group, more people favor legalization than oppose it.
Not surprisingly, young people heavily favor legalization. But Baby Boomers want to legalize pot almost as much as the 20-somethings do. Even those over 65 are narrowly in favor of legalization, as well.

Even Republicans favor legalizing weed, although by a much narrower margin than the Democrats, who are much more enthusiastic and numerous in their support.
“If our poll is right, then it can only be a matter of time before laws start to change, at least in the more liberal states,” The Economist opined. Dudes, look closer — it’s already started.
The poll, covering a number of subjects besides marijuana, is available online here [PDF].

Graphic: The Economist