Recent research polls conducted by YouGov suggests that 55 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. This is a 3 percent increase from polls completed in December 2015. Much of the credit for the increase in support is said to be from Republicans changing their views about marijuana.
Overall, roughly 45 percent of Republicans support legal recreational marijuana, according to reports displayed by YouGov. In December 2015, Republicans opposed legalized recreational marijuana by 50 percent, which is a 10 percent decrease from polls conducted in January 2014.
The numbers regarding Republicans’ belief of marijuana being a gateway drug in comparison with previous polls is virtually unchanged. This implies that the Republican opinion on prohibition may be changing, and not their overall standpoint regarding marijuana.
Polls also show that Republicans, at least 55 percent of them, think that enforcing marijuana laws costs more than what the infraction is really worth.
Americans’ opinions are certainly changing in regards to marijuana, which is a momentous step forwards.