Almost 25% Of Icelanders Support Legalising Marijuana - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Almost 25% Of Icelanders Support Legalising Marijuana

Published April 12, 2016

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Jón Benediktsson

23.1% of Icelanders support legalising the consumption of marijuana, and the demographics paint a more detailed picture of these supporters.

According to the results of a new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR), who were asked whether they support or oppose legalising marijuana for personal consumption, 23.1% of respondents were either fairly supportive or very supportive of the idea. This is down from 24.3% the year previous.

At the same time, 76.8% were either fairly opposed or very opposed, down from 75.7% one year ago.

In terms of demographics, men were more than twice as likely as women to support legalising marijuana, and support for the notion decreased with age. Low income earners were more likely to support it than high income earners, and Reykjavík area residents were slightly more likely to support legalisation than those in the countryside.

By political party support, Pirate Party voters showed the most support for legalising marijuana, with 44.7% of their voters supporting the measure. This is far ahead of the second most supportive, Bright Future voters, 24.6% of whom told MMR they support legalisation. The most against the idea were Progressive Party voters, 89.6% expressed opposition to legalising marijuana for personal consumption.

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