New Pew Research Poll Shows Support for Marijuana Legalization Is Increasing

It seems that every poll about marijuana legalization shows an increased amount of support. So it's no surprise that a new poll from Pew shows the same thing.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that 62 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization. This is a slight increase from the same poll from last year that showed 61 percent of Americans support legalization. But it is notable that by hitting 62 percent, Americans now support marijuana twice as much as they did in 2000, when only 31 percent approved of legalization. So in last than two decades, support has doubled for legalization.

The poll once again showed that marijuana legalization is favored by every generation except for the "Silent" generation, which is defined as people born between 1929 and 1945. Although it should be noted that support among Baby Boomers and Generation X has dipped very slightly in the past year, but the majority still supports legalization.

Next month Michigan and North Dakota will vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana, while Utah and Missouri will vote on medical marijuana. Based on this poll at least, those initiatives seem very like to pass.

(h/t Pew Research)

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