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CBS News Poll

Marijuana and Medical Marijuana after the 2012 Election by Fred Backus November 16-19, 2011 For the first time since CBS News began asking the question, as many Americans now think marijuana use should be legal as think it should not. Following the passage of referendums in Colorado and Washington that made them the first two states to allow marijuana use to all adults twenty-one years of age and older, support for legalizing marijuana inched up slightly from 45% in September to 47% today, now matching the 47% who think it should remain prohibited. A year ago, a slight majority of Americans opposed legalizing marijuana use. Now 47% 47 Should Marijuana Use be Legal? 9/2012 10/2011 3/2010 45% 40% 44% 49 51 51 7/1979 27% 69

Legal Not Legal

According to exit polls, legalizing marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington with the support of a majority of younger voters under the age of 45. Nationwide, this pattern continues: a majority of Americans under the age of 45 support legalizing marijuana, while more older Americans particularly those over 65 oppose. Should Marijuana Use be Legal? Total 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ 47% 54% 53% 46% 30% 47 41 42 48 61

Legal Not Legal

Americans are divided by party on this issue as well. While 51% of Democrats and 55% of independents support legalizing marijuana, 66% of Republicans oppose it. Marijuana for Medical Use Meanwhile, Massachusetts and Montana joined 17 other states in legalizing marijuana for medical use, something that has wide support from Americans overall. 83% of Americans favor allowing doctors to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses up from 77% a year ago and 62% back in 1997. A majority of Americans of all ages - as well as most Republicans, Democrats, and independents favor allowing this. Should Doctors be Allowed to Prescribe Marijuana for Medical Use? Now 10/2011 2/1997 Allowed 83% 77% 62% Not allowed 13 17 33

Still, just 29% of Americans think that most of the marijuana that is purchased in this country through state authorized medical marijuana programs is being used to alleviate suffering from serious medical illnesses, while 53% think it is used for other purposes. This hasnt changed much from a year ago. Most Marijuana Prescribed by Doctors is Now 10/2011 For serious medical illness 29% 31% For other reasons 53 52 Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, though most Americans dont think this is a matter that should involve the federal government. 59% of Americans think whether or not to legalize marijuana should be left up to each individual state government to decide including 49% of those who oppose legalizing marijuana in general. Who Should Determine Whether Marijuana is Legal? Now 9/2012 State governments 59% 62% Federal governments 34 31
_____________________________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted by telephone from November 16-19, 2012 among 1,100 adults nationwide. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The margin of error for the sample of registered voters could be plus or minus three points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

CBS News Poll Marijuana and Medical Marijuana November 16-19, 2011 q5 Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not? ** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 47 27 51 55 47 66 41 41 6 7 7 5

Legal Not legal Don't know/No answer

Sep12b % 45 49 6

q6 Do you think doctors should be allowed to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses, or not? Allowed Not allowed DK/NA 83 13 4 76 19 5 87 10 3 84 11 5 Oct11b 77 17 6

q7 Do you think most of the marijuana that is purchased in this country through state authorized medical marijuana programs is being used to alleviate suffering from serious medical illnesses, or do you think most of it is being used for other reasons? For serious medical illness For other reasons Don't know/No answer 29 53 18 15 72 13 36 45 18 31 48 21 31 52 17

q8 Do you think laws regarding whether the use of marijuana is legal or not should be determined by the federal government, or left to each individual state government to decide? Federal government State governments Both (vol.) DK/NA 34 59 2 5 29 65 3 2 38 55 2 6 33 59 3 5 Sep12b 31 62 2 5

Total Respondents Republicans Democrats Independents

UNWEIGHTED 1,100 298 394 408

WEIGHTED 272 380 448 (25%) (35%) (40%)