søndag den 22. februar 2009

Pot mere populært end alt højrefløjen står for

Nyt fra USA: Legalisering af cannabis har større opbakning blandt amerikanerne end det Republikanske parti, dets topfigurer og de fleste af dets mærkesager. Chris Bowers fra DailyKos har samlet de seneste meningsmålinger om diverse emners og personers popularitet.

Rasmussen, February 13-14, 1,000 adults

In a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, Americans are closely divided on the question of whether marijuana should be legalized: 40% say it should be, while 46% disagree. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure which course is better.(...)

Americans under the age of 40 are much more supportive of legalizing the drug than are older Americans.

While legalizing marijuana is not a majority or a plurality position at this time, it is very close to becoming one. Not only do the long-term trendlines show a dramatic shift in favor of legalization, but a majority of the population under the age of 40 is already in favor of legalization. As such, despite no major political leaders advocating on behalf of it, right now it is only a matter of time--perhaps less than a decade--before legalizing marijuana becomes a majority position nationwide.

It should also be noted that, at 40-41% support, legalizing marijuana is more popular than all of the following:

--Opposing stricter gun control laws (40%)
--Congress (26-40%)
--The war in Iraq (39%)
--Decreasing immigration levels (39%)
--Privatizing Social Security (36%)
--Opposing investigating the Bush administration (34%)
--Opposing national, government run health insurance (32%)
--Vetoing stem cell research (31%)
--The Republican Party (31%)
--Dick Cheney (30%)
--George W. Bush (24-34%)
--Decreasing business regulations (28%)
--Rush Limbaugh (28%)
--Mitch McConnell (22%)
--Preventing the openly gay from serving in the military (17%)
--John Boehner (17%)

In short, legalizing marijuana is more popular than the Republican Party, most leading Republicans, and virtually the entire Republican platform.
PS. John Boehner og Mitch McConnell er republikanske politikere og hhv. nuværende og forhenværende talsmænd for højrefløjen in Kongressen. Dick Cheney og George Bush er den forhenværende hhv. vicepræsident og præsident i USA (det ved i vel, men nu var jeg jo igang). Rush Limbaugh er en vanvittig højre-ekstremistisk radio-propagandist, "Congress" (kongressen) er det ene af de to kamre i det amerikanske parlament, og alle de andre på listen (bortset fra "legalizing marijuana") er konservative mærkesager i USA.

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