Now comes the latest poll from the Center for American Progress showing 68 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. In fact, nobody seems to support prohibition anymore:
- 57 percent of Republicans
- 77 percent of Democrats
- 62 percent of independents
- 66 percent of men
- 69 percent of women
- 69 percent of whites
- 72 percent of African Americans
- 64 percent of Latinos
Aside from a majority of Republicans now supporting legalization, the most surprising data in the poll is the gender gap… favoring women! In my time reviewing the polls on this question, men have consistently supported legalization at around 5-10 points more than women. That this poll shows a 3 point edge in support from women is remarkable.
Similarly, polling usually shows a dip in support among African Americans and Latinos on the issue compared to whites. Those gaps are closing for Latinos and have been reversed for African Americans, perhaps owing to increased scrutiny of the racially disproportionate nature of prohibition by civil rights activists.
This latest update has been added to my spreadsheet of Legalization Polls 1969-2018, available for download for $9.99 Patrons of The Marijuana Agenda podcast. The spreadsheet contains 132 polls from 20 polling organizations since Gallup first asked the legalization question in 1969. Also included are five full-page high-resolution charts of the polling data for varying date ranges.