Some polls before and after the first Global Marijuana March in May 1999.
- U.S.: New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization. 28 Jan 2014. Hemp News. From the article:
Americans ages 18 to 34 favor marijuana legalization by a huge 49-point margin -- almost three of every four in this age group expressed support. Among those aged 35 to 49, just more than half said they support legalization, compared to 49 percent of those 50 to 64, reports Rebecca Ballhaus at the Wall Street Journal. Those over 65 oppose it, 59 percent to 38 percent.
Polls. Cannabis is more popular than most politicians Edit
It is often difficult to get national and international media to cover the Global Marijuana March. But there is a lot of media coverage locally in many cities, including TV coverage. Many times even with just a few marchers. It really matters because it normalizes us in many people's minds. "Oh, it is those yearly marijuana marchers again. No big deal." So more and more people get used to the idea, and go to the next steps of decriminalization, such as looking the other way, limited legalization of possession, and eventually full legalization in a few places so far. Kind of like how laws against interracial couples and marriage were ignored. Osmosis. See the large crowd shots worldwide. Also, the NORML chart of U.S. poll numbers rising over time. The crowd shots make a big impression, and demonstrate that the events are taking place simultaneously around the world. For more info see Cannabis polls.
2013 July. U.S. adults Edit
- In U.S., 38% Have Tried Marijuana, Little Changed Since '80s. 2 Aug 2013, by Lydia Saad. Gallup Politics
2012 May. U.S. adults Edit
- Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana: New Poll - Toke of the Town.
- Americans Decry War on Drugs, Support Legalizing Marijuana. Angus Reid Public Opinion.
"Across the country, 52 per cent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, while 44 per cent oppose it. Majorities of men (60%), Independents (57%) and Democrats (54%) would like to see marijuana legalized. Women (45%), respondents over the age of 55 (48%) and Republicans (43%) are not as supportive of legalization. In four nationwide surveys conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion on the topic of marijuana legalization since 2009, support has always surpassed the 50 per cent mark in the United States, and opposition has not reached 45 per cent."
"Methodology: From May 29 to May 30, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,017 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding."
2012 May. Likely U.S. voters Edit
- 56% Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana - Rasmussen Reports. From the article: "A new national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 56% favor legalizing and regulating marijuana in a similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated. Thirty-six percent (36%) are opposed to such a legalizing and regulating pot."
2010 July. U.S. adults Edit
Rasmussen poll. Source. 43% say marijuana should be legalized, and 42% disagree. While half of Democrats (51%) support legalizing marijuana, 62% of Republicans are opposed. Voters not affiliated with either major political party lean toward legalization by a 48% to 35% margin. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on July 21-22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. They were simply asked whether or not they believed marijuana should be legalized.
2009 December. U.S. voters Edit
A December 2009 poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion finds that 53% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, 43% oppose, and 4% are not sure. See: Most Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana. Poll question was "Do you support or oppose the legalization of each of the following drugs?" Methodology: "Online interviews with 1,004 American voters, conducted on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent."
2009 April. U.S. adults Edit
"It’s not just a California poll. A WashingtonPost/ABC survey, also released last week, revealed that 46 percent of Americans support legalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use — that’s double the support it had a decade ago." - May 6, 2009. Christian Science Monitor. Article titled "Legalize marijuana? Schwarzenegger says let’s debate it." Actual poll: "Washington Post-ABC News Poll". Poll conducted April 21-24, 2009 of a random national sample of adults. The Washington Post. ABC News.
2008 U.S. presidential election voters Edit
"The Zogby poll, commissioned by the conservative-leaning O'Leary Report, surveyed 3,937 voters and found 52 percent in favor of legalization. Only 37 percent opposed." - May 6, 2009. "Majority Of Americans Want Pot Legalized: Zogby Poll". The Huffington Post. See also: "New Poll: 52% Say Marijuana Should Be Legal, Taxed, Regulated." May 06, 2009. Salem-News.com. "Is marijuana tax the next revenue stream?", by Michael B. Farrell. May 11, 2009. Chicago Sun-Times.
- *3,937 voters weighted to match the 2008 presidential outcome -- 54 percent Obama voters and 46 percent McCain supporters.
Voters were asked: "Scarce law enforcement and prison resources, a desire to neutralize drug cartels and the need for new sources of revenue have resurrected the topic of legalizing marijuana. Proponents say it makes sense to tax and regulate the drug while opponents say that legalization would lead marijuana users to use other illegal drugs. Would you favor or oppose the government's effort to legalize marijuana?"
Incarceration rates Edit
|See list of incarceration rates by country (b c). Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars!|
The purple elephant in the room:
Cost of drug warEdit
|Cost of U.S. drug war. Even $1.5 trillion dollars is conservative since many crimes are committed in order to get money for drugs. Correction costs alone averaged $30,600 per inmate in 2007. See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. See: Economics - Drug War Facts. See: 32 Reasons Why We Need To End The War On Drugs - Business Insider. See: The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition.|