Poll: Majority of Americans View Cannabis Legalization As Success

There are significantly more Americans who believe that cannabis legalization reforms have been a success than those who think the policies have failed.

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An April 20 YouGov poll found 45 percent of respondents believed that recreational cannabis legislation has been “more of a success than a failure” or “success only,” with 19 percent saying that it was “more of a failure than success” or “failure only.”

Another 26 percent said they didn’t know.

Nearly one in four Democrats polled called adult-use cannabis legislation a success, while 43 percent said it was “more success than a failure.” Just 10 percent of the bloc believed legalization legislation was a failure. Among Republicans, 41 percent said the reforms had some success, compared to 34 percent who believed they were a failure. The majority of independents – 54 percent – agreed that cannabis legalization laws were a success, compared to 27 percent who said they were a failure.

23 percent of respondents 18 to 24-years-old called cannabis legalization laws a “success only” along with 28 percent of those 25-34, 24 percent of respondents 35-44, 17 percent of those 45 to 54, and 13 percent of those surveyed who are 55-plus. At least 32 percent of all age demographics called the reforms “more success than failure.”

Not more than 8 percent of each age group believed cannabis legalization legislation has been “a failure only,” while 17 percent of those 55-and-older believed the laws are “more failure” than success – the age group had the largest share. Twelve percent of polled 18 to 24-year-olds said it was more of a failure, along with 10 percent of those 25 to 34, 9 percent of 35-44-year-olds, and 12 percent of people 45 to 54.

By gender, 22 percent of men and 17 percent of women called the laws a “success only” along with 35 percent of both and women who said they were more success than failure. Another 15 percent of men and 12 percent of women said the reforms were more failure than success.

No region mustered a majority for calling the reforms a failure – the highest was the West at 21 percent. The region also registered the highest number – 70 percent – for calling the reforms a success or more success than failure.

The poll surveyed 27,328 U.S. adults.

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