A majority of both American and Canadian adults support marijuana legalization, according to a new Angus Reid public opinion survey. According to the poll, theĀ  people of Canada are slightly more supportive of marijuana legalization than their neighbors to the south.

The survey found that 57 percent of Canadians support the legalization of marijuana, while only 39 percent oppose the idea. By comparison, 54 percent Americans support marijuana legalization, while 42 percent want it to remain illegal.

In both counties the generational divide on the issue indicates support for legalization is likely to grow. It is adults over the age of 55 that tend to be the least supportive of legalization.

Although the poll found that two-thirds of adults in both nations believe the “War on Drugs” has been a failure, that has not led people to support the legalization of other drugs besides marijuana. Support for legalization of other hard drugs remains around only 10 percent in both nations.

Angus Reid has found slightly higher levels of support for marijuana legalization in the United State than other pollsters. When Gallup polled the issue in 2011, it found 50 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal, while 46 percent think it should remain illegal; but indications are that support for the legalization has likely grown in the past year.

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