A new Quinnipiac University poll released today found that the majority of Americans continue to support ending cannabis prohibition. The pollsters surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationally on both landlines and cell phones, and 54 percent supported making cannabis legal across the country. When the question turned to doctor-prescribed medical cannabis, support rose to 89 percent. People opposed to legal medical cannabis clocked in at about nine percent, just a few points higher than people who believe the U.S. government faked the Apollo moon landing.
Registered voters were also asked if U.S. Veterans Administration doctors should be allowed to prescribe cannabis in a pill form to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Eighty-two percent of military households supported the idea, slightly edging the 79-percent support from the general public.
“If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form. That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a press release.
In October 2015, a Gallup poll found that 58 percent of Americans wanted to legalize cannabis, while an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found 61 percent support for cannabis legalization last March. Fox News, however, provided the most surreal (yet unreliable) poll numbers when its 2016 text-message survey registered legal cannabis support at 94 percent! Fox News chief Roger Ailes must have rolled over in his grave. (Editor’s note: Ailes isn’t dead, but we’re certain he sleeps in a crypt.)
Gallup and Quinnipiac are among the most respected polling organizations, and over the past few years, their surveys consistently showed majority support for legal cannabis. The consistent findings across multiple national polls over several years make it difficult to challenge any one poll as an outlier.