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Age, Religion, & Political Affiliation Shape Attitudes Towards Marijuana Legalization

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Age, religion, and political affiliation determine one’s attitude towards the legalization of cannabis, according to a recent Gallup poll. While nationwide support for legalization of cannabis is at 67%, it is a paltry 32% among the older demographics. Being a young adult and a democrat and having no religious affiliation increases one’s likelihood of being pro legalization. 

The Gallup poll analyzed data from similar polls that have been conducted from 2018 to 2022 and found that an aggregate percentage of 67% of American adults are in support of legalization. Previous polls from 2019 have shown a similar support for legalization, showing that this has remained constant in the last four years. However, this recent survey has highlighted significant variance among different age groups. One thing that stood out was that regular church goers and political conservatives are largely opposed to legalization, which is not surprising. 

Here are four things to note from the survey:

  • 78% of young adults are in support of legalization
  • 81% of democrats are in support of legalization
  • 84% of self-proclaimed liberals are in support of legalization
  • 89% of non-religious adults are in support of legalization

78% of Young Americans Support Legalization

Currently, at least two thirds of Americans are living in states that have legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use. Support for legalization is more pronounced in the younger demographics, at 78%. This goes to show that as the older demographic fades out, a vast majority (over 80%) of Americans will wish to have marijuana fully legalized.


Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.