The survey, which is conducted every two years, showed 57 percent of Americans supported marijuana legalization in 2016, up from 52 percent in 2014.
The survey’s website offers a variety of ways to look at the demographics within the 57 percent who support legalization. Analyzed by age, legalization supporters have a majority in each category except those 65 and older, where support stands at 42 percent.
By political affiliation, 63 percent of Democrats support legalization, up 3 percentage points from the 2014 survey. Republicans support only moved up 1 percentage point to 40 percent in 2016. But opinions in both parties have shifted dramatically since 2000, when only 29 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Republicans supported legalization.
The General Social Survey also found regional support strongest in the Northeast, at 62 percent, followed by the West at 58 percent. The Midwest and the South both had 55 percent supporting legalization. The South showed the biggest change in regional support, up from 46 percent in 2014.