Texas Voter Poll

In advance of next week’s third special legislative session, a new poll shows Texas voters are increasingly concerned about the state’s future — and they overwhelmingly want leaders to take advantage of billions of federal stimulus dollars coming to Texas.

The statewide voter poll, conducted by the nonprofit organization Texas 2036, shows a growing percentage of Texas voters believe state government is not solving problems or serving the needs of its residents, and clearly support state actions to solve long-term challenges and address issues driving public concern.

“This poll shows that Texans are still one people — far more binds us than divides us. Most of us share the same aspirations, want to take advantage of the same opportunities, and recognize the challenges that Texas will have to overcome to create a thriving economy. The legislature can help address those concerns about the future — and capitalize on the powerful opportunities we now face — by appropriating federal COVID relief funds in an ambitious, responsible, far-sighted way.”

–Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036 President & CEO

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September 2021 Texas Voter Poll Cover

Key Highlights

  • 26% of Texas voters said they feel financially worse off than they did the year before. Just 20% said they believe they are better off.
  • 52% of Texas voters say that the State of Texas is worse off than it was this time last year, and only 13% of voters believe the State of Texas is headed in a better direction than last year.
  • 92% of Texas voters expressed concern about the state’s future, with 58% saying that they are very or extremely concerned.
  • 72% of Texas voters believe the climate in Texas has changed compared to ten years ago.
  • 59% of Texas voters believe the State of Texas is not well prepared for extreme weather events.
  • 88% of Texas voters favor using $3 billion of available federal funds for state water projects that improve the cleanliness of drinking water and access to water in drought conditions.
  • 83% of Texas voters favor using $3 billion of available federal funds to make upgrades to the state’s electrical grid and generation, including weatherization, new energy technologies, and transmission improvements.
  • 81% of Texas voters favor using $2 billion of available federal funds to improve the state’s broadband and emergency communications infrastructure.