Fifty-seven percent of Americans back marijuana legalization, with young adults driving a dramatic shift in public attitudes in the last decade, says a new poll from the Pew Research Center, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Overall, 71 percent of millennial voters (ages 18 to 35), support legalizing the drug, compared to 34 percent in 2006, the poll found. Nine marijuana measures are on state ballots next month. Voters in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada will decide whether to fully legalize and regulate marijuana. They would join Washington, Colorado, Alaska,
Voters in another four states – Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas – will decide whether to approve marijuana for medical use. They’d join the list of 25 states and the District of Columbia that have approved medical marijuana. The poll found that 37 percent of Americans want marijuana to remain illegal, compared with 60 percent a decade ago. In 2006, only 32 percent said that the drug should be legalized. Nearly two-thirds of Democrats said they support legalization, compared with 41 percent of Republicans.