Amidst the numerous debates and discussions about marijuana legalization, a new public poll indicates that most of the U.S. population would like the infamous substance to be legalized.
Research-based consulting company Gallup revealed that 58 percent of Americans gave an affirmative vote to the legal use of marijuana. This figure tops the 50 percent mark in 2011 from the same poll-giving body, as well as the 52 percent recorded in a similar public opinion poll handled by the Pew Research Center last April.
Gallup said that the results of its poll are expected to fuel more discussions to legalize pot in the country. “Whatever the reasons for Americans’ greater acceptance of marijuana, it is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States,” according to a statement by Gallup.
The poll was conducted by random sampling of more than 1,000 adults contacted via phone on October 3 to 6. In the said voting exercise, 39 percent gave a negative vote, while the remaining 3 percent declined to give their opinion. Demographics of respondents who voted yes to pot legalization were skewed towards Democrats and independents between 18 and 49 years old.
The polling company further added that some of the factors that may have led to this rise in interest for legalizing marijuana include positive news about the wonders of medical marijuana, as well as the government’s call to respect the decision of states who have legalized the substance.