The majority of U.S. citizens are in favor of broad marijuana legalization, revealed two new national surveys.
A Fox News poll found that 63 percent of the poll survey participants are in support of the legalization of recreational marijuana across the country while 34 percent are against the marijuana reform policy. There were 1,000 respondents, and the survey was conducted through phone interviews in the month of December.
A Marist survey involved 1,744 respondents and was conducted in partnership with NPR and PBS. The poll was also held this month, from the 9th to the 11th. The survey findings showed that 62 percent of the participants support the idea of legalizing adult-use marijuana, while 33 percent are not in favor of the policy.
The last poll conducted by Fox News was in January of 2018, where 59 percent supported legalization. Marist conducted its latest survey in July of 2019 and found that 63 percent support the legalization of marijuana.
Speaking to Marijuana Moment, the political director of NORML, Justin Strekal, said that the Americans could voice their support for the cannabis policy reform during the holidays when the topic is brought up, especially at a dinner table. He also added that people should demand the end of marijuana prohibition ahead of the 2020 elections since it is clear that the majority of the Americans are in favor of legalization.
Marist report the poll responses according to parties as has been the norm of several surveys. They identified the respondents as Democrats, Republicans, or Independents. The survey found that 76 percent of Democrats support the legalization, while 44 percent represented respondents who identified as Republican and were in favor of the policy.
The most significant opposition towards legalization was realized amongst the Americans who supported President Trump in the 2016 elections. This equated to 55 percent of the respondents, while 40 percent of the supporters backed the policy.
The poll also found that except for the Silent Generation, which comprises people older than 73 years, all other age groups support the legalization of marijuana. However, the Fox News poll did not provide the demographic details of the supporters and opponents of legalization in their survey.
These are the latest polls in a pool of recent polls showing increased support for the legalization of marijuana.
Last month the Pew Research center conducted a survey involving 10,000 respondents. The poll found that 67 percent of the participants are in favor of marijuana legalization. Gallup also surveyed people in October and found that 66 percent of U.S. citizens are in support of legalization.
The issue of marijuana legalization has been a major topic of discussion among the majority of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Apart from the former vice president Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg, the other Democratic presidential candidates are in favor of marijuana legalization.
Experts wonder what recommendations companies like The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) and Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) have for raising the stakes so that elections can be won or lost based on a candidate’s views on matters of marijuana legalization.
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