|Women aren't buying into the propaganda anymore.|
The jump is attributable to a change in women's perception. In 2019, 62% of women said they thought smoking marijuana was acceptable, compared to 69% of men. This year, 70% of women and said they approve, an increase of 8%, while the same 69% of men were in approval.
By contrast, drinking alcohol is now OK with 88% of men and 84% of women. On other issues, 90% of the public think birth control is morally acceptable, with 93% of women approving, compared to 86% of men; 47% of women and 42% of men approve of abortion; and 71% of women and 61% of men say having a baby outside of marriage is OK. On the death penalty, 62% of men currently approve and only 47% of women do.
Polls have persistently shown that women use marijuana and support its legalization around 10% less commonly than men, but that gap is narrowing. In February, Gallup found that 12% of adults self-identify as cannabis consumers, with men (15 percent) more likely than women (9 percent) to acknowledge partaking, a difference of only 6%. In October 2019, 69% of men and 64% of women told pollsters they were in favor of marijuana legalization, with only a 5% difference. Since overall 80% of Millennials (born 1980-2000) and only 40% of Traditionalists (born in 1945 or earlier) are in support of legalization, these trends are likely to continue, and we can look for more women to respond positively to those questions in the future.