Political leanings seem to have a strong correlation with cannabis consumption behaviours.
Americans who identify as politically liberal are approximately six times more likely than conservatives to consume adult-use cannabis, according to findings from a new Gallup poll published last week.
The report follows a separate Gallup survey, and indicates that Americans’ political leanings have a strong correlation with their cannabis consumption behaviours.
A per the survey, 24 per cent of self-identified liberals reported smoking cannabis, versus 12 per cent of political moderates and four per cent of conservatives.
But political beliefs were not the only factor that contributed to cannabis use, the research noted. Factors such as gender, race and age also seem to have an effect on U.S. cannabis consumption, with 15 per cent of polled men versus 9 per cent of women partaking in the plant.
Compare that to just over 20 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women in Canada who reported consuming cannabis in the third quarter of 2019, according to Statistics Canada.
In the U.S. poll, 14 per cent of Caucasians reported consuming cannabis compared to 9 per cent of non-whites. Additionally, younger U.S. residents are more likely to consume (22 per cent of those between 18 and 29) versus a just three per cent of those over the age of 65. Of respondents aged 30 to 49, 11 per cent reported smoking cannabis, while 12 per cent of 50- to 60-year-olds reporting doing the same.
Compare that to number in Canada, where 27 per cent of Canada’s youngest demographic (15 to 24-year-olds) reported smoking pot versus 7.6 per cent of seniors.
In all, 12 per cent of U.S. respondents reported cannabis consumption in 2019.
Gallup further reports that geography is a contributing factor in cannabis consumption. Residents of the Southern U.S. are the least likely to smoke, at just seven per cent, while the figure was 13 per cent for Midwesterners and 15 to 16 per cent for consumers in the East and West.
Despite the low number of users, though, Conservatives are still likely to support cannabis legalization. Slightly more than half of Republicans (51 per cent) report being in favour, per a poll released by the research firm in 2019.
Gallup reports a total of 60 per cent of Americans support cannabis reform.
Written by Emma Spears