The time is right to right the wrongs of the past by providing avenues for expunging and reducing cannabis conviction records of the past. According to a survey posted on YouGov on December 8, seven in 10 Americans support expunging records of people with non-violent cannabis convictions.
Support was solid, with seventy percent of respondents saying they support expungement, and 46 percent strongly supporting it. The poll found a majority among every demographic surveyed, across political parties, regions of the US, age, gender and income level.
“Do you support or oppose expunging marijuana-related convictions for non-violent offenders?” the YouGov survey asked, which was the survey’s only question. In total, 7,141 adults were surveyed.
70% of Americans support expunging marijuana-related convictions for non-violent offenders:
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) December 8, 2020
Eighty-one percent of Democrats said they support expungements, while 57 percent of Republicans said they support expungements, and 69 percent of independents. Respondents from both the Midwest and Northeast said they support expungement at 72 percent each, while respondents in the South said they support expungement at 69 percent.
Across gender, support for expungement of cannabis convictions was nearly identical for male and female respondents. Regarding age demographics, the 35-44 year old age group supported expungement the highest, however a majority of all age groups said they support expungement.
This data aligns with findings from Gallup. A similar poll—conducted by Gallup and published last month—found that 68 percent of respondents were in favor of legalizing cannabis for adult use. It was Gallup’s highest reading with the best response rate since it started polling voters on the topic in 1969.
It’s due time that national laws reflect the will of the people concerning the ability to expunge past cannabis conviction records, given the amount of support to do so.