Marijuana legalization: Poll finds supportGoogle
Poll finds support for marijuana legalization.
According to a new poll, most Americans support marijuana legalization for recreational use. And a strong majority believe it should at least be available for medical reasons.
The latest Harvard-Harris survey found that 49% of Americans believe should marijuana legalize for both medical and personal use. 37% say it should legalize solely for medicinal purposes. Meaning that 86% of respondents support legalizing the plant in some form. Besides, only 14% say marijuana should be illegal.
The findings come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions believe to be readying a crackdown on marijuana users. The Justice Department is expected to release a report soon that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime. Also, may recommend tougher sentences for growers, sellers, and users.
Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn said: “Voters point to drugs as the major source of crime and support tough sentences for drug dealers but view marijuana in a wholly different light”. “Most think legalization of marijuana would probably be helpful in reducing crime and almost half support legalization.”
69% said it would not bother them if marijuana legalization in their state. 57% of respondents said legalizing marijuana would make society better. And 72% said that even if marijuana is illegal, those convicted of possessing small amounts should not serve time in jail.
Still, the poll found concern among voters that crime is rising because of the drug trade.
Nationally, 60% of voters said they believe crime is on an upward trajectory. Respondents said they believe drugs are the No. 1 cause of crime. Next lack of jobs, poor moral values, poverty, and gangs.
88% view drug abuse as a serious problem or a crisis.
This week, calling it the “worst drug crisis in our history”. Sessions launch an opioid abuse task force meant to root-out prescription drug-related crimes.
The Harvard-Harris online survey of 2,051 registered voters was conducted from July 19-24. The partisan breakdown is 37% Democrat, 31% Republican, 27% independent and 4 percent other.
The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll. Of course, the Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris Poll throughout 2017.
Full poll results will post online later this week. The Harvard-Harris Poll survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel. And weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.
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