Texas Voter Poll

With the March primaries and November general 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 4th Texas Voter Poll shows that many of Texas voters’ concerns cross partisan, racial, and economic lines. The findings also demonstrate strong demand across the state for common-sense, bipartisan solutions to critical issues linked to our future prosperity.

“We cannot afford to allow voters’ concerns about Texas’ future to fester and pessimism to take hold,” said Margaret Spellings, president and CEO of Texas 2036. “If we are to carry on the legacy of success we have inherited, we must seize this moment to bring people and businesses together in support of policies that can address these fundamental issues.”

–Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036 President & CEO

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Key Highlights

  • 79% of Texas voters are extremely or very concerned about Texas elementary school students’ low reading scores, with almost half (45%) of Texas voters expressing extreme concern.
  • 62% are very or extremely concerned that the state’s $100 billion yearly investment in education and workforce doesn’t lead to well-paying jobs.
  • 59% are extremely or very concerned about the historic backlog of criminal cases in Texas courts, and more than half (55%) are extremely or very concerned that more than one-quarter of Texas police officers who receive a dishonorable discharge get rehired by another law enforcement agency.
  • Almost half of Texas voters (47%) believe crime has increased in their community since last year.
  • 53% are extremely or very concerned — and an additional 24% described themselves as somewhat concerned — about the extreme weather trends Texas faces. Texas’ state climatologist, based at Texas A&M University, has projected that Texas will experience more 100-degree days, more extreme rainfall, more urban flooding, greater hurricane intensity and increased drought severity by 2036.
  • 65% are very or extremely concerned — and another 23% are somewhat concerned — that given current trends, Texas will not be able to meet a significant amount of its future water needs, meaning some communities may lose access to water in an extreme drought.
  • Only 10% described themselves as “very confident” in Texas’ electric grid, while 24% said they were “not that confident” and 25% said they were “not at all confident.”
  • And half of voters (51%) described themselves as extremely or very concerned that the state might not apply for federal infrastructure funds and, as a result, would fall behind other states in advanced energy technologies such as hydrogen, energy storage and carbon capture. Another 24% are somewhat concerned about this possibility.
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