Poll Shows 83% of Americans Believe So-Called ‘War on Drugs’ an Abject Failure
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Nixon expressly stated that it was meant to go after black people and hippies.
The findings released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) showed that 83% of Americans say the “war on drugs” has failed. That assessment is felt similarly across party lines; 83% of Democrats expressed that view, as did 85% of Independents and 82% of Republicans. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said it’s time to end the war on drugs.
The poll also found that 66% of voters support getting rid of “criminal penalties for drug possession and reinvesting drug enforcement resources into treatment and addiction services.”
Similar percentages were seen in support for eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes (64%) and for commuting or reducing the sentences of people incarcerated for drugs (61%).
A further finding was that 63% think drug use should be addressed as a public health issue compared to just 33% say it should be addressed as a criminal justice issue.
The polling came just ahead of the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s “war on drugs” declaration. On June 17, 1971, Nixon called drug abuse “public enemy number one” and said it must be met with an “all-out offensive.” Opponents of the approach say it’s spurred decades of widespread harms to people and communities both in the U.S. and worldwide.
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June 11, 2021 at 3:41 PM #428981Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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of course they do. 98% of americans still living have known nothing but the wod since their birth, and drugs just get more and more available and more ubiquitous
IMO, the WOD is against pushers other than the PTB & the populace
ptb been using drugs against the populace since 4ever
(& stupid populace goes along with it mostly, the legal or illegal forms)
June 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM #428983
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The only polls they care about are those to do with elections, and even then, they really don’t care. Just use the results to get rid of people or, as in Harris’ case, polls are completely ignored.
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