New Gallup Poll Says Nearly 2/3 of Americans Support Legal Marijuana

Amid legalization for recreational use in some states, the nationwide push for medical use, and an apparent change in public perception a new Gallup survey says that support for legalization of marijuana is at an all time high.

According to the poll, released today by Gallup  64% of Americans now say cannabis should be legal, the highest level of support in the organization’s 48 years of polling on the topic.

Over those 48 years the wording of the question has remained the same, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not? ” In 1969 only 12% of respondents were in favor of legal marijuana use. 

Poll results are based on telephone interviews conducted between October 5-11 with a random sample of 1,028 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Last year support for legalization reached a then high mark of 60% and has climbed 4 points in the time since.

The survey also shows that for the first time a majority of Republicans (51% ) support legalizing marijuana. Comparatively 72%  of Democrats and 67% of reported independents favor marijuana legalization.

The survey has margin of error of ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.