Every U.S. age group, region, religion, and party is moving towards marijuana legalization (General Social Survey analysis)

A recent CNN poll and analysis of the General Social Survey (GSS) found that “senior citizens, Republicans, and Southerners [are] the only major demographic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot.”

Statwing analysis of the GSS adds a level of nuance: while those groups are still on balance against legalization, they’re moving towards legalization just as fast as marijuana-friendly groups.

Age Groups over Time

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Region over Time

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Party over Time

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Religion over Time

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The robustness of this trend was not a foregone conclusion. Many societal changes, like the movement away from Republican party identification, are driven by specific groups changing their opinions at much faster rates than others.

 

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For methodological notes, see our previous post using the GSS data to analyze the change in Republican identification.

 

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