Exclusive poll provides insight into what Missourians think about marijuana legalization, funding for law enforcement and public schools


ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — An exclusive poll provides insight into what Missourians think about marijuana, law enforcement and education.


The majority of respondents say marijuana should be legalized in Missouri.

62% of respondents support legalizing marijuana while 25% believe it should remain illegal. Among respondents, 49% of Republicans polled support legalization while 76% of Democrats would vote the same.

Law enforcement

The survey also asked whether law enforcement has sufficient funding.

53% said law enforcement needs more funding than it currently receives. 21% say law enforcement should receive the same amount of funding. 10% say law enforcement should receive less funding and 16% say they are unsure.

Among those polled on funding, 71% of Republicans and 42% of Democrats support increased funding for law enforcement.


When asked about Missouri public school funding, 60% say they are underfunded, 6% say they are overfunded, 21% say they are adequately funded, and 13% say they are unsure .

The survey also asked whether the state provides a solid basic education to every child. Among the respondents, 34% say yes, 44% say no and 22% say they are not sure.

Finally, respondents were asked how they thought teachers were paid. 5% say they think teachers are overpaid, 17% say teachers are paid appropriately, 70% say they are underpaid, and 8% are unsure.

About the survey

the SurveyUSA the survey was conducted exclusively for Gray Televisions stations (KMOV-TV in St. Louis, KCTV-TV in Kansas City, KYTV-TV in Springfield, KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo., WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois; KYOU-TV in Ottumwa, Iowa), KRCG-TV in Jefferson City and KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kan.

SurveyUSA surveyed 2,175 Missouri adults online May 11-15, 2022, using a sample provided by Lucid Holdings LLC of New Orleans.

Of the adults, 1,782 were identified as being registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 642 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the August 2 Republican primary; 500 have been determined to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 2 Democratic primary; 1,412 have been determined to be eligible to vote in the November 8 general election.

The group of adult survey respondents was weighted according to US Census targets for gender, age, race, education, and property.


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