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Texas is trending libertarian, y'all

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Texas been Democratic, it’s been Republican, it’s been a territory and a republic, but it’s always been pretty conservative. We like our guns and our families and don’t take kindly to criminals. That’s still true, but a shift is taking place in the Greatest State in the Union™ that is redefining those terms in a way that makes the state lean libertarian instead of conservative.

In the latest poll conducted by the Texas Tribune, same-sex marriage is now supported by a slim plurality of Texas voters. 44% support it, 41% oppose, and 14% are unsure. Just nine months ago, the opposite was true, with only 42% supporting and 47% opposing expanding marriage rights.

The same June poll also found more than two-thirds of voters favor reducing penalties for marijuana possession from possible jail time to civil fines. Only 26% would oppose such a decriminalization. In a previous February 2014 poll, the Tribune also found that nearly a majority of Texans oppose full legalization of small amounts of marijuana. 49% think it should be either completely legal or in only small quantities, and another 28% think it should be legal for medicinal use. Only 23% of Texas voters think marijuana should be completely illegal.

But before Texas Democrats start thinking their daydreams of a blue Texas are finally coming true just seven months after their pink-shoed champion, Wendy Davis, was destroyed in the gubernatorial election, there’s more.

A majority of Texans support the state’s new policy allowing open carry of handguns for concealed carry permit holders. The Tribune also found a similar majority supporting concealed carry on college campuses, with 25% favoring carry anywhere and 26% favoring it in limited approved areas.

Texans also still hold very conservative views on other issues. A slim plurality oppose in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants, 43% to 41%, and exactly two thirds of Texas voters support mandatory voter ID, even though 38% think it reduces turnout.

So while Texas is still a very red state, and probably will be for many years to come, enough voters are becoming more liberty-focused that the conservative grip on state policy might need to start bending a little on certain issues or risk breaking at the ballot box.


Source: http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/19269-texas-is-trending-libertarian-yall


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