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Americans Say 'No' to 'Pot' and 'Stoner'

The newly legalized marijuana industry in California is trying to discourage the use of terms like “pot” and “stoner” because they think they carry a negative connotation, and even pot smokers tend to agree.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 36% of American Adults say the words “pot” and “stoner” carry a negative meaning to them, while just eight percent (8%) think they have a positive meaning. Forty-five percent (45%) say the words fall somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 19-20, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 19-20, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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