Poll: Americans Favor Marijuana Legalization, Though With Serious Age And Gender Gaps


An interesting poll from Qunnipiac University shows majority support for marijuana legalization nationally, but also some deep divides on the issue between age groups and genders.

(CNSNews.com) – Americans favor the legalization of marijuana 51 to 44 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning.

The poll showed a substantial gender and age gap on the issue:

— Men favored legalization 59 to 36 percent, but women opposed it, 52 to 44 percent.

— Americans 18 to 29 years old support legalization 67 to 29 percent, while those over 65 years oppose it, 56 to 35 percent.

— Respondents between 30 and 44 years old also support the idea of legalization, 58 to 39 percent, while Americans between 45 and 64 are more closely divided, 48 to 47 percent.

The poll noted that the racial split evident in American politics is “barely noticeable” on this question, as 50 percent of white voters and 57 percent of black voters favor legalization.

Probably evidence that, much like the gay marriage issue, American attitudes about this matter are headed inevitable change. The attitudes of younger Americans on this issue aren’t likely to change much over time. As they get older, and as those clinger to more prohibitionist attitudes die out, we’re going to see a major change on this issue.

Which is good. Prohibition of marijuana has accomplished little. Say what you want about using the drug – and I’m not for it, personally – but prohibition laws aren’t stopping anyone who wants to buy and use marijuana from getting it.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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