Young America Still Split on Pot
Young adults back legal marijuana less enthusiastically than gay marriage or citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Contrary to popular belief, America's young adults are not in fact unanimously pro-pot-legalization. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that while most of those aged 18-29 back legalization, that support lags significantly behind their support for gay marriage, and for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: 55% favor legal pot, compared to 66% in favor of gay marriage and 69% in favor of a path to citizenship. But as expected, young people are more enthusiastic about all three of these policies than their elders. On marijuana legalization, people aged 30-49 are 51% in favor. Support among the '60s generation of baby boomers marginally bucked the trend, with 52% of respondents aged 50-64 in favor—but in the biggest generation-gap, just 30% of over-65s expressed support for legal pot.