Legalizing Marijuana Has Strong Support From Republicans For The First Time Ever

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Democrats have historically supported legalizing marijuana and became the first partisan group to see majority support for the matter in 2009, Gallup said. The rate of support among Americans has grown tremendously since 1969, when the polling firm first asked about legalizing marijuana.

A new Gallup poll shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of the measure.

In 1969 when tracking began, 12 percent supported legalizing the drug, according to Gallup.

The biggest news in this survey is not that a majority of Americans want weed to be made legal - that's been true since at least 2013 - but that Republicans are finally coming around.

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Among Democrats and Independents, legalization support is now 72% and 67%, respectively.

"Instead of wasting limited law enforcement resources trying to stop successful state-level legalization initiatives, U.S. officials should listen to the clear, bipartisan message the public is sending them, and support federal marijuana reform as well", she added. The latest figure, based on an October 5-11 poll, follows shifts in the legal landscape regarding marijuana since Gallup's 2016 measure. By 2001, however, about a third of Americans favored legalizing marijuana, and support has steadily increased since. For the first time ever, however, a majority of Republicans - 51 percent - told pollsters they approve legalization, Gallup said.

Past year - in advance of nine states voting on legalization measures, eight of which passed - Americans favored legalization at a level of 60 percent.

Members of the Trump administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have come out against marijuana usage. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. In the case of marriage equality, numerous changes in the law came through court rulings that found the laws against same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional and it was ultimately a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. Despite this slower pace, though, the trend toward more liberal marijuana laws and eventually nationwide legalization, seems to be fairly clear. But one surprise from the survey relates to Sessions' own political party.

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