Just 37 percent of millennials say they have ever smoked pot, a substantial decline from a 2003 study showing 58 percent of individuals between 18 and 28 had done so.
The latest results come from Fusion’s Massive Millennial Poll, which surveyed 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 34 about everything from politics to dating to race issues. (For full results and methodology, click here.)
Nine percent of those who smoked pot said they’d lit up with their parents. Parental pot sessions were most common in the Western U.S., with 13 percent of young smokers in that region saying they’d smoked with mom or dad.
But overall, marijuana use was low among individuals under 30 years old, just one third of whom said they’d smoked pot. And just 30 percent of all women said they’d smoked, compared with 43 percent of men.
As has historically been the case, pot use remains higher in the Northeast (48 percent) and lower in the South (38 percent).
There were also sharp divisions along political lines. Forty-six percent of liberal millennials said they’d smoked pot, compared with 29 percent for conservatives and 39 percent for moderates.
Usage along racial lines was about even among white and black millennials at about 40 percent, while 33 percent of Hispanics said they’d smoked.
Fusion’s Massive Millennial Poll surveyed 1,000 people between the ages of 18 to 34, with a general population sample and an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. The interviews were conducted via telephone from Jan. 6 to Jan. 11. For more on our methodology and poll results, click here.
Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.