With 23 states and Washington D.C. having approved medical marijuana and Washington and Colorado having approved the legalization of marijuana recreationally, a surprising study has found that support for legalization is actually declining.
TheFool.com reported on a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute that found support for legalization of marijuana fell from 51% in 2013 to just 44% in 2014. Opposition to legalization jumped to 50% from 44% in the previous year.
The 4,500 -person survey pointed out that the shift is most visible in people who either slightly favored legalization in 2013 or who modestly opposed marijuana legalization. These people are considered”on-the-fence respondents”.
The PRRI’s study is on the opposite end of a Gallup poll from 2013 that found for the first time in history, more people favored legalization (58%) than opposed it (39%).