A poll released today by the Gallup organisation finds 58% of Americans favour legalizing marijuana. It’s the first time a clear majority has favoured legalization since Gallup started asking the question in 1969.
The finding is remarkable because, these days, it’s hard to find much of anything that 58% of Americans like.
I went back and looked through some other Gallup polls this year to find questions where more than 58% of the public took the affirmative position. Legal marijuana isn’t as popular as universal gun background checks (83%) or legal sodomy (64%). But it’s more popular than almost everything else.
More Americans want to legalise marijuana than think President Obama is doing a good job (44%), want to keep or expand Obamacare (38%), favoured attacking Syria (36%), support a 20-cent gas tax increase to pay for infrastructure (29%), or like the Republican Party (28%).
And legal marijuana has more than five times as many supporters as Congress does (11%).
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