Poll: Most Americans support marijuana legalization; glitches not hurting public opinion of Obamacare

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     Three types of marijuana buds are shown at Med Grow Cannabis College in Southfield, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)

    Three types of marijuana buds are shown at Med Grow Cannabis College in Southfield, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)

    For the first time since the Nixon administration, a clear majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Intense criticism of the rollout of the online health exchanges essential to the Affordable care act are not souring public opiniuon of the new law. In fact, favorability is going up.

    The Obama administration extended by six weeks the deadline to obtain health insurance to avoid the potential of tax penalty — a move the administration says is not in response to intense criticism of the rollout of the online health exchanges essential to the new health care law. To what extent does the criticism sour public opinions about the Affordable Care Act. Not much at all, says Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll. Approval rates for Obamacare have gone up, not down.

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    In the first full week after the end of the government shutdown, are things beginning to return to normal for average Americans?
    The third-most reported-on story of any kind on all of Google News on Tuesday concerned American’s favorability toward marijuana. For the first time since the Nixon administration, a clear majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. This, along with changes in attitudes towards same sex marriage, signify a major cultural shift for the nation.
    These shifts are causing religious leaders to rethink their positions on these and other hot-button issues.

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