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Sugar is worse than pot: Survey of 1,000 people ends up fooling Americans

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Sugar is worse than pot is making the headlines this week and hearing that marijuana is better for you than sugar is just the kind of news some people would like to read. However, are news headlines like this really the kind of information that needs to be spread as marijuana use in schools among teens is increasing? According to a Los Angeles Times report on March 14, 2014, the comparison of sugar with weed is actually just a small part of a survey.

From March 5 to March 9, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal conducted a survey of 1,000 people asking them a variety of questions ranging from politics to health to religion. In one of the questions, the survey asked the adults what they considered to be more harmful -- tobacco, alcohol, sugar, or marijuana.

The chart showing the survey results was accompanied with the headline "Infographic: Americans Say Sugar Is More Harmful Than Marijuana."

"Americans think sugar is more harmful to a person's health than marijuana, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week. The answer choices to the poll question were tobacco (49%), followed by alcohol (24%), sugar (15%), marijuana (8%), all (3%), and not sure (1%)."

Are 1,000 people really representative for "Americans?"

Out of the 1,000 people participating in the survey, 48 percent were male, 52 percent female, and the most dominant age group of participants was in range of 18 to 24. Out of the 1,000 people asked, 300 participants responded to the survey via their cell phone.

When asked who voted for Obama, Romney, someone else, or not sure, 43 percent said Obama, 34 percent Romney, 7 percent for someone else, and 5 percent not sure. Eleven percent of the 1,000 people did not vote at all.

Sugar is worse than pot was the opinion of 150 people and today’s headlines read “Americans believe sugar is worse than weed.“ Less than 200 people represent the general opinion of Americans in regard to sugar versus weed? When asked, “all in all, do you think things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel things are off on the wrong track?” – 65 percent said the nation is “off on the wrong track.”

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