AP-CNBC Marijuana Poll--Complete Results & Analysis
A majority—60 percent—of Americans favor legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes.
- Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents favor this, including Republicans by 53 percent to 36 percent, reversing their opposition to blanket legalization.
- Two thirds of Democrats and six in 10 independents also favor. Men and women both favor by about two-to-one margins.
- No noteworthy regional differences.
- People under age 30 favor it by 71 percent to 23 percent. Strong majorities of people aged 30-64 also favor.
- Among those 65+, supporters outnumber foes by a modest 50 percent to 40 percent margin.
- Whites reverse their opposition to blanket legalization, favoring legal medical use by 60 percent to 30 percent. There is also majority support among minorities. Support is strong across all types of areas (urban, suburban, rural).
4. What if state governments were to tax the sale of marijuana and use it to pay for state programs and services? In that case, would you favor oppose or neither favor nor oppose legalizing the use of marijuana?
Just 14 percent of those who oppose general legalization would change their minds and favor it if state governments were to tax the sale of marijuana.
- People from the West and Midwest, political independents, and those under age 30 likeliest to change minds and support it.
5. Should the regulations on marijuana be…
Americans are divided on whether regulations for marijuana should be stricter than those for alcohol.
- Those likeliest to say regulations should be stricter include people 65+ (58 percent) and Republicans (53 percent).