US poll: support for legalisation falls 10% since 2013

Public Religion Research Institute Poll, funded by Ford Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation, found thaty 44% of americans now support legalisation, down from 51% in 2013. Opposition is 50%.

WASHINGTON- Coming off of a Suffolk University/USA Today poll finding only 46% of Coloradans now support legalisation, a new report finds that in a survey of over 4,500 adults, only 44% support marijuana legalization. 50% of Americans oppose it, including 24% who strongly oppose such a policy.

“Legalisation is not a done deal – far from it,” remarked Kevin A. Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). “People are waking up and realising that legalisation in practice does not represent the magic policy they were promised.”

Polls in Alaska and elsewhere also find diminished support. Reports from Colorado are finding that revenue projections were grossly overestimated, and the public is experiencing increased health and safety consequences driven by the marijuana industry.

The margin of error for the survey is +/- 1.8 percentage points at the 95% level of confidence. Results of the survey were based on bilingual (Spanish and English) RDD telephone interviews between July 21, 2014 and August 15, 2014 by professional interviewers under the direction of SSRS, a full-service survey research firm. Interviews were
conducted among a random sample of 4,507 adults 18 years of age or older living in the United States (2,253 respondents were interviewed on a cell phone).
Data collection is based on stratified, single-stage, random-digit-dialing (RDD) sample of landline telephone households and randomly generated cell phone
numbers. The sample is designed to represent the total U.S. adult population covering respondents from all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. The landline
and cell phone samples are provided by Marketing Systems.

About Project SAM

Project SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of “incarceration versus legalization” when discussing marijuana use, and instead focus on a “health-first” policy that neither demonizes nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports tackling mental health treatment and stopping the next “Big Tobacco” in the form of “Big Marijuana.” SAM is supported by a world renowned science advisory board and has affiliates in 27 states.