Americans support marijuana legalization in record numbers
A recent Gallup poll shows that 64 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.
Gallup first began polling Americans on the issue of marijuana legalization in 1969, when support was at 12 percent. It has steadily climbed since then, passing the 50 percent mark in 2013. It wasn’t until 2001 that nearly a third of Americans supported legalizing the plant.
According to Gallup, Democrats and independents have historically been much more likely than Republicans to say marijuana should be legalized. In 2009, Democrats were the first partisan group to see majority support for legalization, followed by independents in 2010.
This year for the first time, a majority of Republicans express support for legalizing marijuana; the current 51% is up nine percentage points from last year.
Polls concerning Texans’ attitude towards marijuana legalization have also been on the rise, with a UT/Texas Tribune poll released in February of 2017 showing that fewer than one in five respondents were against legalization in any form, with 53 percent saying that they support legalizing the possession of marijuana.
Texans will get their next chance to join seven other states in legalizing marijuana when the Texas legislature convenes in 2019.