According to the results from a statewide California poll, 55% of likely California voters feel that “the use of marijuana should be legal” in California. This is the largest level of support ever recorded for marijuana legalization in the statewide poll.
The most likely to express support for legalizing marijuana were: African Americans (69%), Whites (64%), Democrats (63%), and Independents (57%). The most likely to oppose legalizing marijuana were: Republicans (44%), Latinos (42%), and Asians (39%).
Among the poll respondents who acknowledged having tried marijuana, 74% supported legalization. Among respondents who had never tried marijuana, 63% favored keeping it illegal.
California is one of about a dozen states that will be deciding by a ballot measure in 2016 as whether to legalize marijuana. A few other states with ballot measures in 2016 to legalize marijuana are: Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Nevada.
In 2010, California voters rejected a ballot initiative (46.5% to 53.5%) that would have legalized marijuana.