Trend: How Much Progress Do You Feel the Nation Has Made Over the Last Year or Two in Coping With the Problem of Illegal Drugs?

Next, I’m going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all? First, how much do you personally worry about drug use?

Trend: Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?

Trend: Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?

Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, do you, yourself smoke marijuana?

As you may know, marijuana use is legal in some states. Do you think the federal government should take steps to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in those states, or not?

Overall, how would you describe the problem of drugs [ROTATED: in the United States/in the area where you live] -- is it extremely serious, very serious, moderately serious, not too serious, or not serious at all?

In the area where you live

Extremely
serious

Very
serious

Moderately
serious

Not
too
serious

Not
serious
at all

No
opin-
ion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Oct 6-9

11

18

36

25

10

1

2009 Oct 1-4

14

16

38

23

8

1

2007 Oct 4-7

14

15

39

21

10

2

2005 Oct 13-16

14

19

35

23

8

1

2003 Oct 6-8

13

17

36

22

11

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

13

21

39

19

6

2

In the United States

Extremely
serious

Very
serious

Moderately
serious

Not
too
serious

Not
serious
at all

No
opin-
ion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Oct 6-9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2009 Oct 1-4

35

33

26

5

1

1

2007 Oct 4-7

35

38

24

1

1

1

2005 Oct 13-16

37

33

23

5

1

1

2003 Oct 6-8

31

40

24

3

1

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

43

40

15

1

1

*

* Less than 0.5%

Now, how much progress do you feel the nation has made over the last year or two in coping with the problem of illegal drugs -- has it made much progress, made some progress, stood still, lost some ground, or lost much ground?

Made
much
progress

Made
some
progress

Stood
still

Lost
some
ground

Lost
much
ground

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Oct 6-9

3

28

31

21

14

3

2009 Oct 1-4

3

30

31

19

13

3

2007 Oct 4-7

3

31

31

19

13

3

2005 Oct 13-16

2

31

30

23

13

1

2003 Oct 6-8

3

35

32

17

11

2

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

6

41

23

17

12

1

1999 Sep 23-26

4

42

27

14

12

1

1996 Nov 21-24

3

28

22

24

22

1

1995 Sep 14-17

2

36

30

19

11

2

1976 Jun

2

25

29

25

15

4

1974 Apr

4

36

21

19

16

5

1972 May

3

32

20

21

20

5


Would you favor or oppose making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Oct 7-10

70

27

3

2005 Oct 13-16

78

22

*

2003 Nov 10-12

75

22

3

* Less than 0.5%

Trend for comparison: Suppose that on Election Day this year you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against each one of the following propositions. Would you vote for or against making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering?(SOURCE: Gallup poll)

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

1999 Mar 19-21

73%

25

2

Some people have proposed legalizing marijuana and then taxing its sale as a way of raising revenue for state governments. Would you favor or oppose this in the state where you live?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2009 Oct 1-4 ^

42%

56

2

^ Asked of a half sample

Has drug abuse ever been a cause of trouble in your family?

Yes

No

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Oct 13-16

22

78

*

2003 Oct 6-8

24

76

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

22

78

*

1999 Sep 23-26

17

83

*

1995 Sep 14-17

19

81

*

* Less than 0.5%

Do you think the possession of small amounts of marijuana should or should not be treated as a criminal offense?

Yes, treated as a
criminal offense

No, not treated as a
criminal offense

No
opinion

%

%

%

2005 Oct 13-16 ^

43

55

2

2003 Nov 10-12 ^

52

46

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5 ^

51

47

2

1985 May 17-20

50

46

4

1980 Jun 27-30

43

52

5

1977 Apr 1-4

41

53

6

^Asked of a half sample

Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/1657/illegal-drugs.aspx Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street, Washington, D.C., 20001, U.S.A +1 202.715.3030