Data from a new Gallup poll indicates that nearly 60 percent of Americans are now in favor of marijuana legalization. This is the first time since Gallup began polling Americans back in 1969 that a majority support the legalization.
Recent polls indicate that 58 percent of Americans favor marijuana legalization, according to The Inquisitr, which also noted that of the survey participants, those aged 64 and younger are in favor, while the 65 and over crowd are still opposed.
Back in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans were in favor of marijuana being legal. The percentage doubled in the late 1970s and held pretty steady until 2000. Over the last decade, the percentage has continued to rise and reached 50 percent in 2011.
Perhaps one of the contributing factors to greater acceptance is that a sizeable percentage of Americans this year admitted to having tried the drug. Gallup, which indicates that number is 38 percent, also notes that success at the ballot box in the past year in Colorado and Washington may have increased Americans’ tolerance for marijuana legalization.
The Inquisitr also reports that a majority of Republicans are against legalization, while Democrats and Independent voters favor legalization. In the last year, Independent voters accounted for the largest increase in favor.
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews that were done earlier this month with a random sample of 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.