According to new data from the General Social Survey, for the first time in their history the majority of Americans are in support of legalization. The General Social Survey is a national survey conducted every two years, which is widely considered to be the best representation of public opinion research.
The results of the poll show fifty-two percent of Americans said they were in support of legalizing marijuana, up a staggering nine percentage points since the poll in 2012. Forty-two percent of Americans said they were still opposed to legalization, and the rest were just plain undecided. This is the first time in history that the General Social Survey results have showed a majority of support.
According to the Washington Post, “The strong numbers in the latest General Social Survey indicate that the issue isn’t losing salience with the public. At the national level, support for legal marijuana remains robust — and doesn’t show signs of wavering any time soon.”
The most recent Gallup poll shows almost identical results as the GSS. Gallup went so far as to say, “Whatever the reasons for Americans’ greater acceptance of marijuana, it is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States.”
Also, a recent Quinnipiac poll results showed that 58% of Colorado residents now support legalization, which is up from the 55% that approved the matter in 2012.
This is exciting news in the world of legalization, and we can’t wait to see where these numbers are at this time next year.