70% of the Canadian population supports or accepts the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, which will take effect on October 17 in the country, according to a survey published today.
The poll, conducted by the company Abacus Data, details that 25% of the 3,000 Canadians surveyed strongly support legalization, while 21% support it and 24% accept it.
On the other hand, 30% of the participants in the study are opposed to the measure.
By age, 81% of those consulted between 18 and 29 years old support or accept legalization. The support figures decrease with the increase in age to the point that in the age group over 60 it is reduced to 64%.
By ideology, the voters of the ruling Liberal Party defend the legislation by 80%, while support decreases among the electors of the Social Democratic New Democratic Party (NPD), up to 74%; and descend to 54% among those of the Conservative Party (PC).
Abacus Data also asked the 3,000 respondents about the comparison between cannabis use and alcohol consumption.
49% of the respondents indicated that marijuana consumption is not worse than alcohol, 26% said it was better and 24% considered it worse than alcoholic beverages.
Almost half of the respondents, 52%, admitted that they have used marijuana at some time in their lives compared to 48% who have never tried marijuana.
The survey was conducted between September 4 and 15 of this year and has a margin of error of 1.79%.
The law that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana in Canada will take effect on October 17.