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Poll of Texans

March 20, 2023

Bipartisan polling firm RABA Research conducted an online survey of 512 Texans March 17 – 18, 2023. The survey looked at respondents’ opinions of Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan. Additionally, RABA Research investigated a variety of workplace issues being considered by Texas’s legislature. 

Of particular note, 66% of respondents do not “support state lawmakers diverting tax revenue away from neighborhood public schools to use for private school vouchers”.

The results of this survey show an 85% of respondents “believe Texans should be able to join a union if they choose to”. And 83% believe “Texas’s workers should be able to contribute a portion of their own wages to their employee association or union through a payroll deduction if they choose to”.

Additionally, 64% of respondents oppose efforts that would bar cities and counties from passing local ordinances such as restrictions on noise, regulating door-to-door sales, and rules payday lenders must follow. And 66% of respondents believe local cities and counties should make decisions on raising wages for city workers and contractors, improving safety standards on construction sites, and requiring businesses to allow employees to earn paid sick days.

Key Findings: Below are several key findings from the research.

  • 85% of respondents think the legislature should do something to help homeowners with their insurance costs.
  • 63% of respondents oppose efforts to end the ability of teachers to have their employee association or union dues deducted from their paychecks.
  • Greg Abbott is viewed favorably by 50% of respondents;
  • Dan Patrick is viewed favorably by 40% of respondents;
  • Dade Phelan is viewed favorably by 23% of respondents, unfavorably by 23%, and 54% said they were not familiar.