Current surveys are showing that nearly every demographic supports Marijuana legalization, while conservative and elder Americans are hesitant about the process.
Research shows that 68% of Americans support cannabis legalization, which is a record high. The October Gallup survey finds that the approval rating is up from just 12% support in 1969 when Gallup first did a survey about legalization, and up from surveys taken since 2016 when support averaged at least 6 in 10.
The survey finds mass support in almost every demographic analyzed, with only those who classify as conservative (49%) and who go to church weekly (46%) falling under the 50% mark. Republican voters and those around the age of 65 and older came in a notch above 50%, at 51% and 53%.
The survey results also show that those on different ends of the political, religious, ideological, and age range are the most likely to support Marijuana legalization. Those who classified with no religious preference came in at 89% support, with liberals at 84%, Democrats at 81%, and those ages 18-29 at 79%.
At 70% support to 65% support, the survey shows that Men are more likely to support Marijuana legalization than women.
In terms of income levels, those that are identified in the upper or middle-earners areas show 70% support for legalization and the lower-earners areas show support at 66%. The survey considered upper-income earners adults with an earning of $100,000 or more, while middle-earners were at $40,000-$99,999 and lower-income earners were at less than $40,000.
The survey shows that 67% of people who live in cities are more likely to support Marijuana legalization, whereas 65% of people who live in small towns or rural areas are likely to support it.
Given that wide support exists in most key subgroups, and that age is the main reason driving Marijuana legalization support, it is to be expected that support will continue to grow “as newer, likely more pro-marijuana, generations replace older generations in the U.S. population,” the survey notes.
The survey was taken among 1,009 American adults from Oct. 3-20. It has a 4% margin of error.