- To my Republican brothers & sisters...no offense...this just means that you got to change some things within your party.
To all of us cannabis activists (no matter who we are or where we come from)...keep educating by phone calls,emails,mails,etc.!!
Legalizing Marijuana More Popular Than Republicans
by Chris Bowers
Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 10:56:24 AM PST
Cross posted on Open Left
Here is a political realignment for you: legalizing marijuana is now more popular than Republicans.
Details in the extended entry.
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Two recent polls show that legalizing marijuana, which is not treated as a mainstream position by either the political or media establishment, to be more popular than numerous other positions that are considered mainstream. First, here are the polls:
CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2009. N=1,112 adults nationwide
"Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"
Should not 52%, Should 41%, Unsure 7%
Rasmussen, February 13-14, 1,000 adults
In a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, Americans are closely divided on the question of whether marijuana should be legalized: 40% say it should be, while 46% disagree. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure which course is better.(...)
Americans under the age of 40 are much more supportive of legalizing the drug than are older Americans.
While legalizing marijuana is not a majority or a plurality position at this time, it is very close to becoming one. Not only do the long-term trendlines show a dramatic shift in favor of legalization, but a majority of the population under the age of 40 is already in favor of legalization. As such, despite no major political leaders advocating on behalf of it, right now it is only a matter of time--perhaps less than a decade--before legalizing marijuana becomes a majority position nationwide.
It should also be noted that, at 40-41% support, legalizing marijuana is more popular than all of the following:
--Opposing stricter gun control laws (40%)
--The war in Iraq (39%)
--Decreasing immigration levels (39%)
--Privatizing Social Security (36%)
--Opposing investigating the Bush administration (34%)
--Opposing national, government run health insurance (32%)
--Vetoing stem cell research (31%)
--The Republican Party (31%)
--Dick Cheney (30%)
--George W. Bush (24-34%)
--Decreasing business regulations (28%)
--Rush Limbaugh (28%)
--Mitch McConnell (22%)
--Preventing the openly gay from serving in the military (17%)
--John Boehner (17%)
In short, legalizing marijuana is more popular than the Republican Party, most leading Republicans, and virtually the entire Republican platform.
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