Poll: Registered Voters’ Support Legalizing Marijuana By a Margin of More Than Two-To-One

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Nearly seven in ten registered voters favor “legalizing the recreational use of marijuana on a national level,” according to nationwide polling data commissioned by Fox News.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents — including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — back legalization. Only 30 percent of respondents opposed it. Those percentages are consistent with those of other recent national polls, including a 2023 survey by Gallup.

The percentage of respondents expressing “strong support” for legalization rose six percent since 2019, the last time Fox polled the question.

“There’s no ‘buyer’s remorse’ among the public when it comes to legalizing cannabis,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “As more states have adopted legalization, public support for this policy has risen dramatically. That’s because these policies are largely working as intended and because voters prefer legalization and regulation over the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

Separate national polling data compiled by YouGov and released last week similarly reported majority public support for legalizing cannabis. That poll also found that the majority of adults have consumed cannabis and that most perceived their experiences to have been “mostly positive.”

“Most Americans have tried cannabis and few regret having done so,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “This is why our political opponents spend so much time opining that today’s marijuana is somehow inherently different than the cannabis of the prior decades. They are trying to convince Americans’ that their positive first-hand experiences with cannabis are no longer relevant. Fortunately, most adults know otherwise, and this is reflected in the public’s consistent support for legalizing and regulating cannabis.”

Additional surveys and polls are available from NORML.

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