Poll: Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Think U.S. Is Losing The War On Drugs

Only 7 percent of Americans think the U.S. is winning the War on Drugs, while 82 percent think we are losing, according to a new Rasmussen survey. The national telephone survey was conducted on Nov. 9 and 10, days after two states passed ballot initiatives that legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. Proponents, including prominent law enforcement officials, reasoned that state investment in research, education and a regulated industry will better serve public health and safety goals than criminalization and prohibition — the “War on Drugs” approach first adopted by President Nixon in 1971. The survey also found that 51 percent think alcohol is more dangerous than pot, and 60 percent think the states, not the federal government, should decide whether marijuana is legal.