Texas Voter Poll

With the November elections on the horizon, our latest statewide Texas Voter Poll shows Texas voters broadly agree on a range of issues that affect them as parents, homeowners, business owners, and employees, while sharing widespread concern about the future of Texas.

Despite statewide headlines that suggest deep divisions within the electorate, the 5th Texas Voter Poll shows that Texas voters share concerns – and solutions – across partisan lines. The findings also demonstrate strong demand across the state for common-sense, bipartisan solutions to critical issues linked to our future prosperity.

“Across party lines, there is clear civic demand for state action on crucial issues. This poll presents a clear roadmap for addressing the priorities we all share — a roadmap to a bright future for all Texans.”

–Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036 President & CEO

Key Highlights

  • 87% of Texas voters support the use of annual reading and math tests to provide “apples-to-apples comparisons” of how local schools are performing relative to others in the state.
  • Nearly 90% of Texas voters believe it is important for the state to focus on increasing the number of post-secondary credentials while students are still in high school to ensure they graduate college- and career-ready.
  • While 68% of Texas voters said they trust their local law enforcement, 83% say it would increase their confidence in law enforcement if lawmakers made it harder to rehire law enforcement officers who were previously fired for poor conduct. 57% said it would increase their confidence “a lot.”
  • 82% of Texas voters agreed that the state should increase investments to expand our water supplies and 84% supported the Texas Legislature creating a fund to help update the aging infrastructure.
  • By a 2-to-1 margin, Texas voters support increasing pay to attract talent for all state government positions.

Dive Into the Data

The State of Texas has a $27 billion general revenue budget surplus. Please (Phone: tell me / Web: indicate) what percentage of these funds you would apply to public school education, workforce training, water infrastructure, paying down debt and liabilities, property tax reduction, high-speed internet access, and the electricity grid until no money remains. To start, what percent would you apply to…