What Texans of all political backgrounds agree on

If you don’t like Willie, you’ll have to leave the state no matter who wins in November. Photo: Rick Kern/WireImage for Shock Ink

As political parties appear increasingly polarized, Texas voters of all parties agree on a range of policy areas, according to a recent survey by the nonpartisan political organization Texas 2036.

Why is this important: Almost all Texas voters agree the state is headed for trouble. In the survey, 93% of Texas voters expressed some level of concern about the future of the state – with 38% “extremely worried”, 29% “very worried” and 26% “somewhat worried”. .

Yes, but: Respondents’ support for solutions to core governance issues could provide state and local leaders with a roadmap that builds voter confidence.

  • The survey found strong support for investments in education and workforce development, infrastructure, public safety and health care affordability.

The context: The Texas Comptroller’s Office announcement in July that the state will have a general revenue surplus of $27 billion for the current biennium – the result of inflation and high energy prices.

  • When asked how they wanted this record surplus to be spent, voters identified public education as the top priority, followed by the power grid, property tax cuts and water infrastructure.

By the numbers: 87% of Texas voters support using annual reading and math tests to provide “apples-to-apples comparisons” of local school performance, according to the Texas 2036 survey.

  • 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 have been fired for misconduct.
  • 82% of Texas voters agreed the state should increase investment to expand our water supplies, and 84% supported the Texas legislature in creating a fund to help update aging infrastructure.
  • By a 2-to-1 ratio, Texas voters support raising salaries to attract talent for all state government positions.

The bottom line: Despite our differences, Texans still have a lot in common.

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