Attitudes to decriminalization or legalization

Sep 17, 2012

Q. Thinking about the issue of illegal drugs in Australia, which has one of the highest per capita illicit drug use in the world, please indicate which position is closer to your view:

Sample B (N=501)

Total

 

Have a close friend or relative

(n=69)

No close friend or relative

(n=417)

Vote Labor

(n=159)

Vote Lib/Nat

(n=205)

Vote Greens

(n=40)

We should legalise all illegal drugs (including production and trafficking within Australia) to reduce the unregulated black market trade in these substances.

7%

12%

6%

10%

5%

13%

We should legalise small scale illegal drug use and possession, but maintain criminal prohibitions on production and trafficking.

30%

41%

26%

35%

22%

40%

We should prohibit all activities related to illegal drugs in Australia, including production, trafficking, large and small-scale production and use.

57%

 

45%

59%

50%

67%

30%

None of the above

7%

3%

8%

5%

6%

18%

The largest portion of those respondents with a close friend or relative that regularly uses believe in prohibiting all activities related to illegal drugs in Australia (45%), followed by legalizing small scale illegal drug use and possession (41%), however this difference may be on account of margin of error in the small sub-sample size.

Once again, Coalition voters were the most likely to take the view that ‘we should prohibit all activities related to illegal drugs in Australia…’ (67%) compared to the rest of the sample by voting intention.