Almost Half of Americans Say They've Smoked Pot
According to to a Gallup survey, almost half of Americans say they've smoked pot.
In 2013, 38 percent of people surveyed in a similar poll said they had smoked pot at least once, which means that the total has jumped by six percentage points in just two years. However, the researchers who conducted the poll aren't sure if all of these "yes" answers correspond to an actual increase in the percentage of people who have tried marijuana or an increase in the percentage of people who are willing to admit that they've done so.
To understand who of the surveyed participants is actually using marijuana currently, Gallup researchers combined data from polls conducted in both 2013 and 2015. They found that Americans younger than 30 are most likely to say they currently smoke pot (18 percent). But adults ages 30 to 64 are most likely to say they've tried it, which makes sense.
The researchers found that people who regularly attend religious services are less likely to say they have tried marijuana, or that they currently smoke it, than those who don't attend religious services. And respondents who said they did not have a religious affiliation were much more likely than both Catholics and Protestants to say they smoke pot (18 percent, compared to 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively). Furthermore, men are more than twice as likely as women to say they smoke pot (13 percent compared to 6 percent), and nearly half of all men surveyed said they had tried pot, whereas only 35 percent of women admitted to experimenting with marijuana.
Interestingly, gender showed a bigger discrepancy than race in the results. White people and nonwhite people are equally as likely to say they have tried pot or to say they currently smoke it, according to the researchers.