Partial division into the legalization of marijuana has been steadily contracting in the United States in recent years. But if you want more electors from the entire political spectrum to go beyond the reform, more lawmakers should support legalization.
It is a finding of recent work that at least explored political views in Brazil.
In his master's thesis, Guilherme de Alencar Ramos describes two studies he has conducted to examine how political ideologies influence the opinion on the legalization of cannabis.
First, 304 people were interviewed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to test the hypothesis that support for legalization is generally associated with a liberal ideology. Research assistants presented participants with a list of four politicians and their parties (to eliminate bias, a politician was formed), and then asked them to assess the likelihood that each would support legalization.
The results supported the hypothesis. People generally consider legalization as a liberal problem, research has shown.
This put researchers on a second, deeper experiment. Ramos wanted to determine how thoughts about legalization change when people think politics is being proposed by a recognizable liberal politician in relation to the conservative.
To achieve this, the research team encouraged 226 respondents with different hypothetical scenarios. In one, a famous liberal politician states that he has written a bill that legitimizes cannabis; in the second, it is alleged that known conservative politicians have done so. At that time, participants were invited to evaluate how they felt about the legal act of legalization on a scale of one ("strongly against") to five ("strong for"), and their responses were analyzed in the context of their stated political ideologies.
When people heard that Law was written by right center lawmakers, it did not seem to affect how liberal or conservative people felt about politics. This was not the case when a liberal politician was, however, recognized as a legislator. Legalization support fell considerably among self-styled conservatives when they heard that law was the author of a liberal advocate.
"[W]the legalization of marijuana was confirmed by the politician of the right center, individuals along the political spectrum expressed similar support to politics; however, political ideology has become a significant predictor of political support when the leftist politician was behind politics, "he found." This interaction was largely the result of right-wing personalities that became less favorable to politics when left behind left politician. Leftists, in turn, did not move their opinions significantly. "
"Further analysis reveals that this interaction is largely a consequence of right-wing political support (ie they become less supportive when outbreaks of their outer group are morally repulsive), while the left-wingers, on the other hand, do not shift their tendencies towards the source," he wrote Ramos.
Of course, it is unclear whether the results will be in the United States, where support for cannabis reform is more bipartisan, even though it still wants to raise more support from democrats than Republicans.
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