A recent Gallup poll found that 70% of Americans believe that smoking cannabis is “morally acceptable”, compared to 28% who think it is “morally wrong”, and only 2% with no opinion or stating that “it wasn’t a moral problem”.
Among the subjects in the Gallup study, smoking cannabis ranked lower than gambling (71%), sex outside marriage between a man and a woman (72%), divorce (77%), alcohol consumption (86%), and contraception (90%).
Subjects considered more morally unacceptable than smoking cannabis include stem cell research using human embryos (66%), having a baby out of wedlock (66%), homosexual relations (66%), medical tests on animals (56%) and the death penalty (54%), the purchase and wearing of animal fur clothing (54%), physician-assisted suicide (51%), abortion (44%), sexual relations between adolescents (38%), pornography (36%), animal cloning (34%), polygamy (20%), suicide (18%), human cloning (12%) and extramarital relations between men and women (9%).
Looking in detail at the profile of respondents and their political positioning, cannabis use was considered morally responsible by a large majority (83%) of self-identified liberals, but by a narrow margin (51%) of those who identified themselves as conservative. In addition to cannabis use, 7 topics were considered acceptable by the majority of both liberals and conservatives, including contraception, divorce, sex between an unmarried man and woman, alcohol consumption, having a baby out of wedlock, medical tests on animals and gambling.
A Gallup poll in October 2019 found that 66% of Americans were in favor of legalizing cannabis. When the institute first asked the question of cannabis in 1969, support for the reforms was only 12%.
55% of Americans also consider the legalization of cannabis to be a successful policy.