More Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana than Stimulus Package

In the aftermath of the Michael Phelps saga the issue of marijuana has been brought back into the public conversation and at least according to recently published Rasmussen Reports polls, legalization of marijuana (40% support) is more popular than the recently passed stimulus package (38% support).

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.- Rasmussen 02/19/09

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide believe the $787-billion stimulus plan passed by Congress will help the economy. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 29% believe the plan will hurt and 24% believe it will have little impact.- Rasmussen 02/16/09

While the headline itself is incredible for those who agree, the details are even more favorable, with the key “independent” group of voters, who are the deciding factor in most elections, supporting fiscal responsibility and personal liberty both with greater margins than the nation as a whole. In fact, of these adults unaffiliated with a political party, a 49% plurality support legalization vs 41% who oppose.

Among adults not affiliated with either major political party, 49% favor legalization of marijuana, while 41% oppose it.

Among those not affiliated with either major party, 27% say it [Stimulus Package] will help, and 34% think it will hurt the economy.

Might we ask why is it still considered political suicide or at minimum, political taboo, to even talk about marijuana decriminalization?

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