A recent poll shows that the majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. The poll results are broken down into various age groups. Those between the ages of 18 and 29 favored legalization by a percentage of 55 to 45 (opposed). Respondents between the ages of 30 to 59 supported legalized use by a percentage of 51 to 47. Finally, respondents between the ages of 50 to 62 favored legalization of marijuana by a 52 percent for to 47 percent against. Notice that these numbers are very close with marijuana legalization being favored only slightly above the average percent of those against.
Only 30 percent of those over the age of 65 said that they supported legalized use.
The numbers are broken down further into gender and ethnic groups. Men were slightly more likely to support legalized marijuana (by a margin of only 7 percent). Hispanics strongly oppose the idea with a whopping 65 percent saying they are against legalization of marijuana.
The poll results are interesting in that, more people will favor legalization in the years ahead as their generation will be in the majority.
The poll was conducted during the week of Nov. 7 – 11, 2012. The sampling group consisted of 1, 023 adults.