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The Brief: Oct. 1, 2015

The nonpartisan Texas Lyceum found close to a majority of Texas adults support same-sex marriage, legalization of marijuana in its latest poll.

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The Big Conversation

A new survey of Texans by the nonpartisan Texas Lyceum might cause some to reassess Texas as the home of hardline stances on marijuana and same-sex marriage.

As the San Antonio Express-News' Peggy Fikac writes, 49 percent of Texans support the right of same-sex couples to marry while 46 percent support legalizing marijuana use. Remarkable is how quickly support for both positions has grown. In 2009, support for same-sex marriage was at 25 percent and support for legalizing marijuana use has grown by 13 percent in four years.

Look beyond the results for the overall population of Texas adults, though, and it still seems that the issue of same-sex marriage is polarizing politically. Fikac notes that same-sex marriage has the support of 69 percent of Democrats but just 31 percent of Republicans. Also, this survey dropped an option for civil unions as an alternative to same-sex marriage.

Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz told Fikac that the electoral success of Republican leaders like Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick better reflect where Texans stand on these social issues. "So those polls, I think, are more accurate than any polls that are taken over the phone,” he said.

The survey of 1,000 adult Texans was taken between Sept. 8 and 21 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent. For a look at an executive summary of the hot issues poll, click here.

Disclosure: Texas Lyceum is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

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