A new poll shows that a large percentage of Americans would vote for a politician who smokes marijuana.
Would you vote for a politician who smokes weed? According to a new poll, more than half of Americans are comfortable with voting for a candidate who consumes marijuana.
Conducted by YouGov, the survey was released Wednesday, weeks after Louisiana U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers released an ad smoking a blunt.
58% of Americans would be willing to vote for a candidate they agree with on most issues who occasionally smokes marijuana in their free time
Would – Wouldn’t
U.S. adults: 58%-21%
Democrats: 68%-15%https://t.co/bDUZJ47c9Qhttps://t.co/OPLTMEpgHI pic.twitter.com/Vo3pb87XQa
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) January 27, 2022
More than 4,000 people responded to the poll, which found that 58% of Americans would be willing to vote for a politician “who occasionally smokes marijuana in their free time.”
A deeper look into the statistics shows that Democrats were most likely to vote for a politician who smoked weed when compared to Republicans. Still, a significant percentage of Republicans said they would vote for a politician who smoked weed if they agreed on most issues.
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Despite the surprise that still comes after observing these types of results, it makes sense that large percentages of Americans would approve of a politician that smokes marijuana. As time passes, the plant continues to earn legalization across states, gaining approval across all demographics.
Chambers has caused a lot of commotion from his ad, earning his first large endorsement from Rep. Ted James. “I was shocked when I saw it. Politicians don’t usually do that. He’s definitely started some real conversations,” said James.
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In the ad, Chambers is seen smoking a blunt while listing out the harms of criminalization. “Black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people,” Chambers said. “States waste $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year. Most of the people police are arresting aren’t dealers, but rather people with small amounts of pot, just like me.”