Results of a national survey released earlier this month by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank, show that about 54 percent of respondents favor legalization of marijuana while 42 percent are opposed to the idea.
The numbers for those favoring legalization has increased by 13 percent since 2010.
According to the center, 1,821 adults were questioned on the telephone for the survey conducted in February.
“Fully 75 percent of the public — including majorities of those who favor and oppose the legal use of marijuana — think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide,” the survey found, according to a Pew website.
Opposition to legalization was highest among those who are 65 or older, with 65 percent against legalization.
Other findings included:
• Three-quarters of Americans, according to the survey, think that if marijuana use is not legalized, those convicted of possessing small quantities of marijuana should not serve jail time. About 22 percent were in favor of jail time for those convicted of possession of a small amount of marijuana.
• Republicans are less likely than Democrats to favor legalization, with 39 percent of Republicans favoring legalization versus 63 percent of Democrats. Support for marijuana legalization has increased by 15 percent in both parties since 2010.
• 54 percent said that legalizing marijuana would lead to more minors trying the drug, which has not been the case in Colorado over the last 4 months. The rate of underage use has not increased. Regulation does work! Much better than Prohibition.
• 63 percent of those surveyed said they would be bothered by public use of marijuana.