Seventy percent of people find smoking weed to be morally acceptable, according to a new poll, a number that has increased in recent years as more states legalize pot or launch medical marijuana programs.
The Gallup poll, published Tuesday, asked 1,028 Americans in all 50 states and the nation’s capital whether they deemed 21 different behaviors or policies, from using birth control to the death penalty, moral or not. More respondents viewed marijuana use as acceptable than they did abortion, pornography, having children outside of marriage and wearing fur.
But more people still said divorce, drinking alcohol and gambling were morally acceptable, when compared to responses around marijuana use.
Along ideological lines, more liberals approved of pot use, with 83% calling it moral compared to just 55% of conservatives.
When asked the last year, 65% of respondents in a similar poll said they found smoking pot moral.
“Public opinion continues to drastically evolve in favor of marijuana’s legal and cultural status and it is time that the federal laws evolve as well,” Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, a marijuana law reform group, said in a statement.