The verdict is in: The majority of Americans want to legalize marijuana. As if we didn’t know that already, but now a new Angus Reid public opinion poll proves it. The study, conducted from August 4-5, shows that the majority of Americans want to legalize weed. But they show little support in legalization of other drugs.
Here’s how the stats break down:
- 55% want marijuana legalized. The strongest supporters include:
- Democrats: 63%
- Independents: 61%
- Men: 57%
- Regarding the legalization of other drugs:
- Only 10% support legalizing ecstasy
- 9% powder cocaine
- 8% heroin
- 7% meth
- 7% crack cocaine
- 67% think the “War on Drugs” has been a failure.
- 64% think America has a serious drug abuse problem that affects the entire United States, 20% perceive a drug abuse problem that is confined to specific areas and people, and 5% think America does not have a serious drug abuse problem.
Pete Guither from DrugWarRant.com breaks down the important points quite well, who says that based on these findings we can conclude that:
- “Democrats (the voters) support marijuana legalization, even though Democrats (the politicians) do not. The challenge here is to get it to rise to more than support, but a crucial voting issue.
- We’ve done a great job of demonstrating the failures of the drug war to the citizens, but we still have a long way to go to convince them that legalization of all drugs isn’t surrender, but a solution.
- If close to 2/3 of Americans think that we have a serious drug abuse problem, then we, as reformers, need to do a better job of showing how reform can address that problem.”
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