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Americans on the legalization of marijuana 2003-2020

Among adult Americans, 68 percent stated to be in favor of the legalization of marijuana in the United States. The share of people who believed that marijuana should be legalized increased considerably over the years. In 2003, only 34 percent of Americans were in favor, whereas in 2020, only 32 percent are against it.

Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?

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Release date

November 2020


United States

Survey time period

2003 to 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

18 and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the question was asked of half a sample in 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2010.

* Number of respondents in 2020

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