Nearly seven in 10 Americans now support legalizing marijuana nationwide, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.
Overall, 68 percent of respondents said they favor legalizing cannabis for adult use, which is “Gallup’s highest reading” since the firm started polling voters on the issue, it said. Last year, the survey found 66 percent support for legalization.
In 1969, only 12 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana. Today’s level of support is double what it was in 2000.
The new poll shows majority backing for the policy change across all age demographics for the first time. However, support among Republicans dipped slightly compared to last year, from 51 to 48 percent.