7 in 10 Young Americans Support Marijuana Legalization
A new Gallup poll shows that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, and young Americans are leading the way.
This is the highest support Gallup has measured on the issue to date, with polling beginning in 1972 at 12 percent.
Young Americans age 18-34 support legalization at 71 percent, the most of any group, followed by 35-49 age demographic at 64 percent, 50-64 at 58 percent, and 65 plus at 35 percent.
While the rise in support for cannabis legalization has been due to younger generations replacing the old, support has grown in all categories, even for those once opposed.
For example, those born between 1936 and 1950 when they were first polled have doubled their support from 20 percent to 40 percent.
Currently four states have legalized cannabis, including Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon, along with Washington, D.C. and seven states are expected to vote on the issue in 2016.
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