STUDY: Ivy League Students More Likely Than Not To Have Tried Drugs

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Ivy League students are more likely than not to have done drugs, a February survey shows.

Survey site College Pulse sampled Ivy League students and found that students at the elite universities are more likely than to have done drugs. College Pulse posted only a couple of infographics from the survey on Facebook, however, it sent all of the statistics from the 1,168-student survey to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Of the Ivy League students, 42.3 percent reported never having tried drugs, however, 42.6 percent reported having tried marijuana. A 30 plus percent gap stands between the proportion of students who have tried the drug, and the fraction of students who want to legalize it — 76 percent. College Pulse obtained this figure in a previous survey.

Around 16 percent of students at all the universities who tried weed first tried it when they were 18 years old.

Within each Ivy League institution, College Pulse asked survey participants how many of their fellow students they thought have tried weed. Students generally overestimated how many of their peers had tried the drug.


At Dartmouth, 43.2 percent of students polled had smoked marijuana, yet a plurality of the survey takers thought that 60 percent of their peers had tried the drug. At Columbia University, where half of the students surveyed had tried the substance, a plurality of students were evenly split between thinking half of their peers had tried the drug and 70 percent. At the University of Pennsylvania, 45.6 percent of students had tried marijuana, but a plurality of students were evenly split between thinking 60 percent or 70 percent of their peers had smoked it.

College Pulse released another infographic Sunday showing that over half of students polled at each Ivy League school either identify as a Democrat or lean Democratic. At Brown University, 69 percent of students identified as a Democrat or lean Democratic. UPenn, the reddest school, has 16.5 percent Republicans or Republican-leaning students, according to the survey.

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