Millennials more open-minded than their elders on marijuana legalization, new poll finds

Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

American opposition to legal pot is going up in smoke — and unsurprisingly, it's happening faster among the younger set, a SurveyMonkey poll finds just in time for 4/20.

Overall, SurveyMonkey found "barely one in five Americans" are against legalizing weed, "with the vast majority favoring either its full legal, recreational use (46%) or its use in medical treatment (34%)."

A special breakout of the data provided to Mic on Thursday shows millennials are higher (sorry) on the idea of legal pot in nearly every way.

Nearly 60% of millennials support legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes, a spokeswoman for the poll told Mic via email.

Many speak from knowledge: About 28% of millennials told SurveyMonkey they'd used pot within the last year. 

Just over half of millennials, 52%, said they'd tried weed at some point in their lives — three percentage points over the general population.

Similarly, more than half of millennials said they wouldn't be fazed if people used pot in public. And 73% of millennials said they wouldn't care if a marijuana business opened in their neighborhood. 

Both those millennial responses outstripped the overall SurveyMonkey sample, collected April 10 to 17, by 12 percentage points.

Lastly, millennials were likelier by a margin of 16 percentage points to say alcohol is more harmful than weed.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Celeste Katz

Celeste Katz is senior political correspondent at Mic, covering national politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at celeste@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Even Donald Trump's schedule has become a victim of a White House push against transparency

"Unreportable" public schedules, off camera briefings, secret visitor logs ... Where does it end?

The CBO score says 22 million will lose coverage. Here's why it's actually a lot worse than that.

Republicans wrote the bill so that much of the coverage losses wouldn't be captured by the CBO report.

CBO Score: Senate Republican health care bill will cost 22 million people their coverage

That's 1 million fewer than under the House-passed health care bill.

Trump tweeted that the Supreme Court decided "9-O" to uphold the travel ban. It didn't.

No, the Supreme Court didn't decide "9-O" on anything.

Americans with disabilities are fighting the Senate's potentially devastating health care bill

The bill threatens programs that are vital to the independence of America's disabled community.

American Medical Association says Senate health care bill violates pledge to "do no harm"

The group says the Senate GOP's health care plan violates doctors' pledge to "first do no harm."

Even Donald Trump's schedule has become a victim of a White House push against transparency

"Unreportable" public schedules, off camera briefings, secret visitor logs ... Where does it end?

The CBO score says 22 million will lose coverage. Here's why it's actually a lot worse than that.

Republicans wrote the bill so that much of the coverage losses wouldn't be captured by the CBO report.

CBO Score: Senate Republican health care bill will cost 22 million people their coverage

That's 1 million fewer than under the House-passed health care bill.

Trump tweeted that the Supreme Court decided "9-O" to uphold the travel ban. It didn't.

No, the Supreme Court didn't decide "9-O" on anything.

Americans with disabilities are fighting the Senate's potentially devastating health care bill

The bill threatens programs that are vital to the independence of America's disabled community.

American Medical Association says Senate health care bill violates pledge to "do no harm"

The group says the Senate GOP's health care plan violates doctors' pledge to "first do no harm."