Drug Law

CNN Marijuana Poll Ignores Adults Under 35

| by NORML
By "Radical" Russ Belville

The polls lately have been showing a growing support for marijuana legalization by adults.  The latest Gallup poll shows a 46% support for legalization, other polls show greater support even into a majority that supports legalization.

So I was somewhat surprised when I heard that the latest CNN poll found only a 41% support among adults for legalization.

What happened?  They redefined “adult” to mean “35 years old and older”.

(OurTime.org) Today, CNN.com released poll results from interviews with 824 “adult Americans” asking their opinions on the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.  The only problem?  They didn’t do a great job making sure the opinions of 70 million adult Americans were accurately included!

In response to the prompt, “Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?” 41% of “adults” said they favor it, 56% opposed, and 2% had no opinion on the matter.   The results for “Do you think marriages between gay and lesbian couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?” showed 51% of “adults” saying that they should be recognized as valid, 47% saying they should not be recognized as valid, and 2% saying they have no opinion.

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American adults tend to be evenly divided on topics like this – no surprise on the numbers here.  However, what is incredibly surprising is that CNN.com posted these results despite the fact that they couldn’t reach enough respondents between the ages of 18-34 to represent our opinion accurately.

There you have it – if you don’t want to hear about support for legalizing marijuana and same-sex marriage, just don’t ask younger adults!