For First Time, Majority Backs Legal Marijuana
Pew survey finds 52% in favor
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
This file photo shows marijuana plants flourishing under the lights at a grow house in Denver.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

(Newser) – The Pew Research Center has a marijuana milestone to report: Most Americans support legalizing pot for the first time in the group's 40 years of polling on the issue. The final tally was 52% to 48%, with the pro-legalization total rising 11 points in just two years. Not surprisingly, the younger the age bracket, the higher the support: About 65% of millennials favor legalization, 54% of Gen X-ers, 50% of baby boomers, and 32% of boomers' elders. All those percentages have increased since 2010.

Other tidbits:

  • 48% say they have tried pot at least once, up from 38% a decade ago.
  • 12% have used it in the last year, with 27% of those younger than 30 leading the way.
  • 32% say it's morally wrong to smoke marijuana, down 18 points from 2006.
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Apr 5, 2013 4:40 PM CDT
I hope they don't legalize it because my sales will decrease. Damn Obama, everyone needs a second job to survive.
Apr 5, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Actually the population of my state---Washington---have been majority in favor for years. I think the rest of the country has simply been motivated into expressing support since legalization laws have been passed in Washington and Colorado.
Apr 5, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
Always been legal in my tribe, whatever politcians think.