NEW YORK (CBS) – Americans are divided as to whether or not they will be wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day this year.
50% of Americans say they will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March by wearing green – a similar percentage that said so in previous years – while 47% say they will not.
Women are far more likely to celebrate by adding green to their attire than men – 56% of women will wear green on St. Patrick’s Day compared to 44% of men.
There are age differences as well. A majority of Americans under the age of 30 will wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, while older Americans are divided.
Regionally, Americans in the west are the most likely to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. 60% will do so, far more than any other region of the country (Midwest is 47%). In the east, most Americans will not wear green.
Ireland is a mostly Roman Catholic country, and Catholic Americans are more likely to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day than non-Catholics; 54% of Catholics will wear green, while 44% will not.
This poll was conducted by telephone from February 12-16, 2014 among 1,026 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls
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