Fox News Poll Finds 59% Support for Cannabis Legalization

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A Fox News poll has found 59 percent support for recreational cannabis legalization, up from the news organization’s polls in 2013 and 2015 which found 51 percent and 46 percent support, respectively. The poll was conducted by Democratic polling firm Anderson Robbins Research and Republican firm Shaw & Company Research from Jan. 21-23.

Of the poll’s respondents, 43 percent identified as Democrats, 41 percent as Republicans, and 16 percent as independent or other. Cannabis legalization was most popular among Millennials (72 percent), followed by Gen Xers (60 percent), and Baby Boomers (52 percent).

Cannabis legalization, more popular than … President Donald Trump (45 percent approval), Congress (15 percent approval), Oprah Winfrey (56 percent favorable view), House Speaker Paul Ryan (40 percent favorable view), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (both garnered a 31 percent favorable view), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (25 percent favorable view), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (18 percent favorable view).

More respondents also favored cannabis legalization to the new federal tax law (38 percent) and the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall (40 percent).

The results fall in line with other recent national polls on legalization. A January poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found 60 percent support for legalization, while a Gallup poll in October found 64 percent, including, for the first time, a majority of Republicans (51 percent).

The Fox News poll did not find a Republican majority for legalization (split 46-46 percent), but it was very popular among Democrats (68 percent) and independents (67 percent).

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