About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization

About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey, conducted in October, finds that the share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year […] Read more »

The American Public in 2017: What We Learned

As it has for more than 80 years, Gallup continued in 2017 to measure and monitor Americans’ views on their government, political leaders, public policy, the economy and their own lives. The following are Gallup editors’ picks for the most important trends and discoveries reported each month this year. CONT. […] Read more »

The year in polls

President Obama left office a popular figure — 62 percent of Americans approved of the way he handled his job over the past eight years, ranking him third among outgoing presidents since CBS began asking the question in 1981 – behind outgoing presidents Bill Clinton (68 percent) and Ronald Reagan […] Read more »

Politico-Harvard poll: Democrats and Republicans still fixated on health care

Congress may have moved on from health care. The public has not. With taxes and spending, debt and defense piled up on Congress’ extremely full plate this month, a new poll by POLITICO and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that Americans remain sharply focused on health […] Read more »

How Opioids Started Killing Americans

… More than half of all people who succumbed to an overdose between 2001 to 2007 were chronic pain sufferers who filled an opioid prescription and sometimes even saw a doctor in the month before they died. Only 4 percent were ever diagnosed as having an abuse problem, said Dr. Mark […] Read more »

More in U.S. Say Illegal Drugs Are a More Serious Problem

Seventy-one percent of Americans describe the problem of illegal drugs in the U.S. as “extremely” or “very” serious, an increase from 65% last year. While this is a meaningful change since 2016 overall, the percentage who say the problem is “extremely serious” (32%) has held relatively steady over the past […] Read more »

Most Americans think Trump hasn’t done enough to fix opioid crisis

Most Americans think the opioid crisis has worsened in their communities and across the country, but few believe their own lives will be affected, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour and Marist Poll. … Whatever the solution, Americans don’t think the nation’s leaders are doing enough to […] Read more »