The Legalization of Marijuana in Texas

Most Texans would like to see marijuana legalized in some way, according to our 2017 post-election survey. In our poll of registered Texas voters, the majority of respondents indicated that they wanted to see marijuana legalized in general or see marijuana legalized for medical use.

Should Texas Legalize Marijuana?

Do you think Texas should legalize medical marijuana, legalize marijuana in general, should not legalize marijuana at all, or you need more information?

Legalize medical marijuana 25%

Legalize marijuana in general 43%

Should not legalize marijuana at all 21%

Needs more information 8%

Don’t Know 2%

Refuse <1%

Forty-three percent of Texas voters want to see marijuana legalized in general, while 25% would like to legalize medical marijuana. This means that 68% would like to see it legalized in some way. Only 21% of Texas voters believes that it should not be legalized at all, and 8% of the respondents need more information on the subject before making a decision either way.

Party ID & Marijuana Legalization


Democrat Independent

Something Else

Legalize medical marijuana


29% 21%


Legalize marijuana in general


47% 53%


Should not legalize marijuana at all


19% 8%


Needs more information


3% 15%


When compared to party identification, only Republicans believe that marijuana should not be legalized in Texas (38%). The majority of Democrats (47%), Independents (53%), and voters who identify with a different political party (62%) think that marijuana should be legalized in general.


From March 20 to April 13, 2017, ESRL employees and undergraduate students conducted interviews as part of a class project who were enrolled in Political Analysis, taught by Dr. Jared Perkins, and Introduction to American Government, taught by Dr. Sara Norman.

The employees and students called registered voters in the state of Texas and had 442 completed surveys. Interviews were administered on both landline (28%) and cell phones (72%). The margin of error was ±4.6 at the 95% confidence interval. The sample was weighted based on age from the 2015 population estimate obtained from the Texas Demographic Center

The codebook can be found here: ESRL Spring 2017 Survey.

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