Missouri Election Poll: Education, recreational marijuana, law enforcement

Missouri Election Poll: Recreational Marijuana


KOAM is partnering with Gray TV in Missouri for a series of polls on a variety of topics ahead of the primary elections. The partnership gives KOAM the rights to exclusively share the poll results with viewers in our local 4-State market.

We’ll have more poll results leading up to the election. You can find a link to them at KOAMNewsNow.com/elections.

Today’s topics are marijuana, education and law enforcement. You can watch videos about the results below and find the full results in the PDF at the bottom of the article. Or, click here.


SurveyUSA interviewed 2,175 Missouri adults online from May 11, 2022, through May 15, 2022. They used a sample provided by Lucid Holdings LLC of New Orleans. Of the adults, 1,782 were identified as being registered to vote. The pool of adult survey respondents was weighted to US Census targets for gender, age, race, education, and home ownership.


Close to 2,200 adults were asked three questions about education in Missouri.

Do you think public schools in Missouri are overfunded, adequately funded or underfunded?

  • 60% of total respondents picked “underfunded”
  • 21% said “adequately funded”
  • 13% chose “not sure”
  • 6% picked “overfunded”

The majority of adults surveyed believe teachers are underpaid.

Does the state provide a sound, basic education for every child?

  • 44% say no
  • 34% say yes
  • 22% say they’re not sure


Close to 1,800 registered voters were asked about the recreational use of marijuana.

Should the use of marijuana for recreational use remain against the law in Missouri, or be legalized?

  • 62% say it should be legalized
  • 25% say it should remain against the law

71% of respondents ages 18-34 *and* 35-49 chose legalized. That’s compared to 59% of respondents agest 50-64 *and* 46% of respondents ages 65 and older.

Law Enforcement

Nearly 2,200 adults in Missouri were asked “Does law enforcement need more funding than it now receives? The same amount of funding it now receives? Or less funding than it now receives?”

  • 53% say more funding
  • 21% chose the same amount
  • 14% say less funding
  • 16% picked “not sure”

Read more details about how respondents answered the survey in the PDF below.

Missouri Election Poll Education, recreational marijuana, law enforcement