The New Politics of Marijuana Legalization

In less than a decade, public opinion has shifted dramatically toward support for the legalization of marijuana. The temptation is to conclude that the trend in favor of marijuana legalization is similar to the flow of opinion in favor of same-sex marriage, but not all hot-button social issues are created equal, according to a new paper from E.J. Dionne and William Galston.


Graphics by Christopher Ingraham

Sources: Pew Research Center; Gallup; General Social Survey

SUMMARY

Over less than a decade, public opinion has shifted dramatically toward support for the legalization of marijuana. But how much of this support is durable?