Support for legalizing marijuana in the United States has reached a record high of 70%, according to a Gallup poll conducted in October 2023. This is up from 68% in recent years, and continues a trend of increasing support since the first states legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.
The poll also found that support for legalization is now in the majority among all major political and ideological subgroups, including self-identified conservatives and Republicans. Support is highest among younger adults, with 79% of 18- to 34-year-olds in favor of legalization.
The poll also found that there is no difference in support for legalization between residents of states where recreational marijuana is already legal and those living in states with more restrictive laws. This suggests that support for legalization is now a national consensus, regardless of where people live.
The poll’s findings are likely to put pressure on states and the federal government to move forward with legalizing marijuana. With seven in 10 Americans now in favor of legalization, it is likely that more states will legalize the drug in the years to come, and that the federal government will eventually follow suit.