This election year has been full of surprises, and full of polls. In the spirit of the season, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll among 1,201 U.S. adults to find out where Americans currently stood on the issue of marijuana legalization.
The results were that 57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal, across the board.
To quantify these numbers, they’ve broken it up into which segments of the population they questioned by age group: Baby Boomers (ages 52-70), Generation X (ages 36-51), and Millenials (ages 52-70). Unsurprisingly, 71% of the Millenials questioned were in support of legalization, while an almost equal number of Boomers (56%), and GenXers (57%) were in favor of marijuana legalization.
The unanticipated part of this poll is how many Boomers were in favor of legalization, as only 17% were for it back in 1990; which makes this a considerable shift in views in a short amount of time. The same holds true for the GenXers, with only 21% having been in favor of legalization in 1990, increasing by 36% now in 2016.