On the heels of legislation filed by Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) – House Bill 400 – we wanted to share the results of a poll released today by the Smoke-Free Texas coalition. The poll found overwhelming support for a smoke-free workplace law: 74 percent of Texas voters favor a proposed statewide law that would eliminate smoking in all indoor workplaces, including public buildings, offices, restaurants and bars.
The poll - conducted by Baselice & Associates Feb. 20-24, 2013 - found widespread support for this legislation across various ideological and political affiliations, including 72 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of voters who share all or most Tea Party Views.
The findings demonstrate a steady increase in support for a smoke-free workplace law since 2007 when a statewide poll of the issue was first conducted:
Q. Would you favor or oppose a statewide law in Texas such that smoking would be prohibited in all indoor workplaces and public facilities including public buildings, offices, restaurants and bars?
· 2007 – 66 percent favor
· 2009 – 68 percent favor
· 2011 – 70 percent favor
· 2013 – 74 percent favor
The poll also found that 79 percent of Texas voters – including 67 percent of those who share all or most Tea party views – believe the rights of employees and customers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the rights of smokers to smoke and business owners to allow smoking.
The growing momentum for a statewide smoke-free workplace law is evident by the continued increase in public support for the legislation in addition to the broad support for the Smoke-Free Texas coalition’s efforts - including more than 23,000 Texans, 75,000 social media supporters and 300 organizations, business and community leaders.
For a complete summary of results, visit sftx.org/poll.