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Effectively No One Thinks We are Winning the War on Drugs

The vast majority of Americans don’t think the United States is “winning” its ill-conceived war on drugs.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, just 4 percent of Americans think the country is winning the war on drugs, while 82 percent don’t believe we are winning this so called war. That is only 4 percent in a poll with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, an almost immeasurably small segment of the country. This level of nearly unanimous agreement is almost unheard of in polling.

Over 40 years, millions of arrests and billions dollars have been spent on this war and no one in the country thinks it has been a success.

This is a sign of a massive and almost unparallelled policy failure. Our nation’s drug policy doesn’t need small reform, modest improvements or a re-balancing. It needs a massive overhaul and a completely new approach.

Photo by Coleen Whitfield released under Creative Commons License

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at