About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization

This November, voters across seven states will vote on a variety of statewide and local marijuana reform measures
Pew Research Center (US)
Monday, October 8, 2018

About six-in-ten Americans (62%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 61% favored it – but it is double what it was in 2000 (31%). As in the past, there are wide generational and partisan differences in views of marijuana legalization. Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats (69%) say marijuana use should be legal, as do 75% of independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. Republicans are divided, with 45% in favor of legalizing marijuana and 51% opposed.