63% Want Pot Legal, 60% Cigarettes

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters believe that marijuana should be legalized and regulated like cigarettes. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that a similar number, 60%, believe cigarette smoking should be legal in the United States.

Men are a bit more likely than women to favor legalizing marijuana. Beyond that, there are few significant differences between traditional demographic groups (see question wording and crosstabs).

Eighty-five percent (85%) believe beer, wine, and liquor should be legal. However, just 13% say the same of cocaine.

If drugs like marijuana and cocaine were legalized, 24% believe the problems associated with drug abuse would get better. Forty-five percent (45%) say worse and 31% don’t think things would be much different.

Voters under 35 are much more optimistic about the potential for legalization. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe it would make things better while just 34% believe they would get worse. Keep in mind that these responses are based upon the premise of legalizing both marijuana and cocaine.  Among senior citizens, just 16% believe such legalization would make things better and 62% believe it would make them worse.

This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on August 20-21, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

A related survey found that just 32% of voters believe the federal government respects the right of Americans to live in freedom.

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