Australians aged 18 to 34 years old are the most probably to assistance the legalisation of marijuana. This is also the segment of the population exactly where opinion has shifted to the greatest degree more than the final 4 years. In 2015 only 36% of 18 to 24 year-olds supported legalisation, now 50% do. The subsequent age-group up, 25 to 34 year-olds, has also noticed a dramatic rise in assistance, from 34% in 2015 to 46% now. These are the two age groups in which assistance for legalisation is greater than opposition to the thought.
These are the most up-to-date findings from the Roy Morgan Single Supply survey, derived from in-depth face-to-face interviews with more than 50,000 Australians every single year in their houses.
“The ACT Legislative Assembly’s choice to legalise the possession, use and cultivation of tiny amounts of cannabis has brought Australia’s laws surrounding marijuana firmly back into the national spotlight,” says Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine. “The choice absolutely reflects the evolving mood of the ACT electorate: 47% of ACT residents want to see marijuana legalised – up 14% points from 2015 and a greater level of assistance for legalisation than in any of Australia’s six States. At 40%, these ACT residents who do not assistance the legalisation of marijuana are in the minority.”
“The altering attitudes towards marijuana use in Australia stick to properly-publicised legislative modifications in the US in which the use of cannabis is now completely legal in 11 States and the use of medicinal cannabis is permitted in 33 States. The trend towards legalisation of the use of cannabis in the US is continuing and the ACT’s legislation marks a step in that path in Australia” stated Levine.
Probably surprisingly the two groups most opposed to the legalisation of marijuana are the youngest and oldest Australians. Only a tiny more than a quarter of 14-17yr olds (26%) and a third of these aged 65+ (33%) assistance such a move.
Proponents of marijuana legalisation are young, Socially Conscious and progressive
A quintessential supporter of legalising marijuana is a younger man living the single life devoid of any youngsters. He’s most probably to be portion of the Socially Conscious Roy Morgan Values Segment – ‘With a powerful sense of social duty and a propensity for convincing other individuals of their opinions, they usually turn into involved in stress groups. Prevalent occupations contain public servants, politicians and researchers.’
These advocating for legalising marijuana are additional probably than other Australians to agree with environmental issues such as ‘At heart I’m an environmentalist’ and ‘If we do not act now we’ll in no way handle our environmental problems’.
They are also additional probably to share progressive views such as ‘Homosexual couples must be permitted to adopt children’. In addition they are additional probably to be ‘always prepared to attempt new and distinct products’ and ‘more interested in their job than their house’.
These against legalising marijuana are older and with additional standard views
A quintessential supporter of leaving marijuana illegal is an older lady who has currently retired. She’s a light spender and when it comes to the Roy Morgan Values Segments probably to be a portion of Regular Household Life – ‘With a powerful concentrate on loved ones they invest time and power receiving the loved ones to pay a visit to them, babysitting, weekend BBQs and acquiring lollies for the grandkids when their parents will not let them have any.’
She’s additional probably than the typical Australian to agree that ‘Crime is a expanding issue in her community’ and ‘Globalisation brings additional challenges than it solves’ but also additional probably to give the Government the advantage of the doubt and agree that ‘The Government is undertaking a excellent job operating the country’.
Attitude towards marijuana legalisation by age in 2019
Supply: Roy Morgan Single Supply Australia, Jul 2018-Jun 2019, n=14,383 and Jul 2014–Jun 2015, n=15,867. Base: Australians aged 14+.