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47% Favor Legalizing Pot, Cocaine To Reduce Border Drug Violence

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A majority of voters agree that high U.S. consumption of illegal drugs is a major cause of drug violence in Mexico and Central America, and nearly half favor legalizing marijuana - and cocaine - if it will reduce that violence along the Mexican border.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe consumer demand in this country for illegal drugs is a major factor in the drug violence and gang warfare in Mexico and Central America. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 20% don’t think that's true, and another 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on May 12, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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