More Americans now think marijuana should be legal than approve of Obama’s job performance as President. For the first time ever, Gallup found that 50 percent of American adults think marijuana should be legal. In comparison, Gallup’s latest weekly poll numbers found only 41 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, while 52 percent disapprove. Those numbers won’t help Obama’s voter turnout efforts in 2012.
This is a huge 10 point increase in support for marijuana legalization in only two years. Back in 2009 just 40 percent of the country thought marijuana should be legal.
Back in 2010 Obama’s job approval number was roughly the same as the overall level of support for marijuana legalization. But thanks to Obama’s failing support and the growing desire for marijuana reform, there are now significantly more Americans who want marijuana to be legal than think Obama is doing a good job as president.
Among self described political independents marijuana legalization is far more popular than Obama: 57 percent of independents think marijuana should be legal but only 37 percent of independents approve of how Obama is handling his job.
Similarly, young adults are significantly more inclined to support marijuana legalization than think Obama is doing a good job. The poll found 62 percent of adults under the age of 30 think marijuana should be legal but only 45 percent of this age group approve of Obama’s job performance.
Given that Obama needs the votes of independents and needs to have young adults turn out in large numbers for the 2012 election, his decision to wage a multi-federal agency war against medical marijuana is an extremely bizarre political move. Instead of moving federal marijuana policy towards what the American public wants — for example, by using his power to legitimize medical marijuana — Obama is actively trying to cripple states’ medical marijuana systems.
I definitely wouldn’t want to be in charge of the Obama campaign’s turnout operation around college campuses. Trying to get college students who are heavily pro-marijuana legalization to go vote for a President that has been more aggressively anti-medical marijuana than even George W. Bush was isn’t going to be easy.