American Support for Marijuana Legalization Keeps Climbing
In the past few years, American support for legalizing marijuana has jumped, well, pretty high. According to CNN’s early exit polling, 49% of Americans support legalizing marijuana in their state, whereas 47% oppose the measure.
Last fall, Gallup reported a surge in support for marijuana legalization, a boost of ten percentage points between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2013. Compare this with the first year Gallup asked the question: in 1969—the year of Woodstock, turning on and dropping out—just 12% of the country favored legalizing weed.
Support for legalization has concentrated among young adults and liberal voters, although older Americans, who may stand to benefit more from medical marijuana for comfort and treatment, may be coming around. This cycle, one conservative superpac, aiming to move the presumably Democratic stoner vote to Libertarians, possibly to benefit Republicans, invested in marijuana-friendly advertising. But just twelve percent of midterm voters nationwide were under thirty—the same as has been true over the past two midterm elections.
Marijuana reform was on the ballot in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Alaska, and Florida, and the numbers look positive. Today's poll results may help legalization gain momentum for 2016.