Record 64 Percent of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana.

For the first time in Gallup’s records, a majority of Republicans now support legalizing adult use cannabis.

By Jimi Devine |

A record number of Americans now support cannabis legalization efforts across the U.S., according to a new poll released by Gallup on Wednesday.

According to Gallup’s new data, 64 percent of Americans now support the legalization of adults recreationally using marijuana. Things have been trending upwards since Gallup recorded a slight dip in legalization support following 2012’s winning legalization ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon — but support didn’t drop below 50 percent at the time.

Gallup has been polling Americans on the subject of marijuana for nearly half a century, with their first numbers on the subject dating back to 1969, when only 12 percent of people supported the idea. Ten years later support peaked at 28 percent, but faded through the prime years of Reagan’s drug war. By the time California passed Proposition 215 in 1996, we were back up to a quarter of Americans supporting the idea. Since the 2013 survey, a majority of Americans have supported legalization.

One of the biggest takeaways from this year’s survey is that a majority of Republicans now support the issue, at 51 percent. Republican support jumped a whopping 9 percent from last year, meaning basically one in 10 Republicans changed their view on marijuana in the last year. A majority of Democrats began favoring the issue consistently in 2009, with independents following in 2010.

“These new numbers, and the continuing trend they confirm, show that legal marijuana continues to be way more popular than almost any politician — increasingly so,” said Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell in a statement on the new numbers.

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