Well over half of Floridians from all political backgrounds, 65 percent, support a measure to legalize medical marijuana, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The poll comes a few months after another poll by Quinnipiac University found that an overwhelming 82 percent of state voters favor medical marijuana. Support is so high among young voters that Republicans are worried a medical marijuana ballot initiative could tip the governor’s race by bolstering young turnout. But perhaps what is most remarkable about this latest poll is that it is no longer remarkable at all.
Nationwide, support for medical marijuana has exceeded 70 percent in several major national polls. In May, a Fox News poll found that 85 percent of voters support medical marijuana. Even 76 percent of U.S. doctors said they would prescribe medical marijuana to their patients if it were legal.
And while not at the same margins, majority support holds in some of the reddest states. In a SurveyUSA poll released last week, a majority of Utahns also support medical marijuana, although by a slimmer margin. Georgians supported medical marijuana at 51 percent in one local poll, and West Virginians register 56 percent support according to a recent PPP poll.
These polls come as even some of the most prominent national politicians come around on medical marijuana. In the past week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) came out in support of medical marijuana, and President Obama admitted that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. But while voter support for reform may no longer be a fringe perspective, existing laws still come with dramatic criminal consequences.