A new survey by Quinnipiac is the latest in a string of recent polls to find that a majority of American voters think marijuana should be legal. According to Quinnipiac, 51 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal while 44 percent think it should remain illegal.
The poll found that that men overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization, 59% to 36%, but women remain narrowly opposed, 43% to 52%.
Not surprisingly the biggest divide existed on partisan and generational lines. Marijuana legalization is supported by 58 percent of Democrats and Independents but by only 31 percent of Republicans.
The survey also found that the younger a voter is, the more likely he or she is to support legalization. A solid majority of voters under the age of 45 think marijuana should be legal with voters under the age of 30 supporting legalization by a greater than two-to-one margin. On the other hand, senior citizens are the only age group where a majority want marijuana to remain illegal.
This is the fourth national poll about marijuana legalization released in the last week. Both the surveys from Angus Reid and Public Policy Polling found majority support for marijuana legalization, while the CBS News poll found Americans evenly split 47%-47% on the issue. Based on all the recent polling it is clear that a majority of the country now no longer supports marijuana prohibition and that support for legalization is likely to continue to grow.