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article imagePoll: Most Americans support legalizing Marijuana

By Oliver VanDervoort     Dec 11, 2009 in Politics
A majority of adults in the United States are willing to legalize marijuana, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion
The Angus Reid poll shows that 53 percent of respondents support the legalization of Marijuana while just 43 percent of those who took the poll were against it.
Despite the support of a majority of people for the legalization, a huge majority of those respondents don't support the legalization of other 'harder' drugs like Crack, Cocaine, or Ecstasy. Only about eight percent of respondents support the legalization of those narcotics.
While the support isn't completely equal among political parties, legalization of marijuana does see support from all three major groups. Among Democrats, 63 percent support legalization, while 55 percent of Independents lend their support. While it's not a majority the 43 percent of Republicans who support legalization is a large number among the conservative base.
Perhaps one factor in the growing support of marijuana legalization is the perceived failure of the drug war. Among respondents, 68 percent said they feel the 'War on Drugs' has been a failure. Independents weigh in with the highest percentage of people who think it's been a failure with 76 percent.
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