U.S. PoliticsOctober 12, 2016

Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise

Today, 57% of U.S. adults say use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion was nearly the reverse.

U.S. PoliticsApril 14, 2015

Why Americans Support or Oppose Legalizing Marijuana

Supporters of marijuana legalization cite its perceived health benefits, or see it as no more dangerous than other drugs. To opponents, it is a dangerous drug, one that inflicts damage on people and society more generally.

U.S. PoliticsApril 14, 2015

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 27, 2015

63% of Republican Millennials favor marijuana legalization

Republican Millennials, however, are not as supportive of marijuana legalization as their young Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts.

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GlobalApril 15, 2014

Global Views on Morality

The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues. Use this interactive to explore the median responses for each question across the 40 countries.

U.S. PoliticsApril 2, 2014

America’s New Drug Policy Landscape

Two-thirds of Americans now say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for drug users, and 63% say states moving away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders is a good thing.

U.S. PoliticsApril 2, 2014

Feds may be rethinking the drug war, but states have been leading the way

Faced with overcrowded prisons and soaring correctional costs, states are rethinking how to define and punish drug crimes.

Fact TankDecember 31, 2013

As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues

Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or […]

U.S. PoliticsAugust 30, 2013

Majority of Americans say government should not force federal marijuana laws on states

Six-in-ten Americans say that the federal government should not enforce its marijuana laws in states that permit use.

Fact TankAugust 13, 2013

Americans skeptical of value of enforcing marijuana laws

Roughly three–in-four Americans say government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth.