Just 3% of Americans believe the U.S. is “winning” the war on drugs

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An overwhelming majority of adults still believe the United States is losing the war on drugs, but they are more divided over whether money is the answer.

Just 3 percent of American Adults believe the United States is winning the war on drugs, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Eighty-four percent disagree. Thirteen percent are undecided.

These figures have changed little over the past two years, but the number that believes we are winning the war on drugs has steadily declined since 2012.

Thirty-two percent of Americans believe the United States is spending too much on the war on drugs, but 29 percent now say it is not spending enough. A year ago, the gap between these figures was 11 points. Only 17 percent think the amount being spent is about right. A sizable number (22 percent) are undecided.

Forty-three percent of Americans nationwide favor the legalization of recreational marijuana use in their home state, while just as many oppose it. But opposition is down from 50 percent earlier this year.

The national survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on August 3-4, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Attorney General Eric Holder hopes to scale back the number of strict minimum prison sentences for non-violent low-level drug offenders, and just over half of Americans are on board with this proposal.

Overwhelming majorities of Americans across the demographic spectrum agree that the United States is not winning the war on drugs, but there are some differences of opinion as to how much the country should spend on it.

Forty percent of men believe the country is spending too much on the war on drugs, but only 24 percent of women agree. Thirty-two percent of women think the country does not spend enough in this area.

Senior citizens feel most strongly that the United States is not spending enough to combat drug use.

Republicans feel more strongly than Democrats and adults not affiliated with either major political party say that the United States is not spending enough in this area, but even GOP voters are not strong advocates of more spending for the war on drugs.

Most voters think the Mexican government has not been aggressive enough in stopping illegal drug traffickers, but 32 percent believe drug users in the United States are more to blame than Mexican drug producers for drug violence in Mexico. Forty-nine percent still blame the Mexican drug producers more for the violence in their country.

Forty-four percent of voters believe there are too many Americans in prison today, and 46 percent now disagree with mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain crimes.

A plurality still thinks the U.S. justice system is fair to black and Hispanic Americans, but only 33 percent think the system is fair to poor Americans.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.