On Feb. 21, 2017, the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, released the results of its February 2017 poll, with the outcomes demonstrating that opposition to legalization is on the decline while support for private use marijuana is on the rise.
Surveying 1,200 registered voters from Feb. 3 through Feb. 10, the poll asked, among other questions, “Should marijuana be legal in Texas?”
Of the 1,200 surveyed, 17% responded that marijuana should never be legalized, dropping from 24% in 2015. In regards to possession, 32% said that small amounts should be legalized for personal use, increasing from 26% in 2015, and 21% said that “amounts of any size” should be legalized, increasing from 16% in 2015. Support for medical marijuana dropped from 34% in 2015 to 30% in February 2017.
“We’ve seen this movie before on a couple of social issues,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, to the Texas Tribune. “There’s a little bit of normalization.”