Poll: Legalizing Marijuana?
For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A national survey finds that 52 percent say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45 percent say it should not.
The survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults, finds that young people are the most supportive of marijuana legalization. Fully 65 percent of Millennials--born since 1980 and now between 18 and 32--favor legalizing the use of marijuana, up from just 36 percent in 2008. Yet there also has been a striking change in long-term attitudes among older generations, particularly Baby Boomers.
Half (50 percent) of Boomers now favor legalizing marijuana, among the highest percentages ever. In 1978, 47 percent of Boomers favored legalizing marijuana, but support plummeted during the 1980s, reaching a low of 17 percent in 1990. Since 1994, however, the percentage of Boomers favoring marijuana legalization has doubled, from 24 percent to 50 percent.
Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Would you support the legalization of Marijuana? Yes or no? Why or why not?