Poll: Majority of Texans oppose border wall proposal

Texas Lyceum released the first part of their 2016 poll on Wednesday.

AUSTIN - The results of a Texas Lyceum Poll released Wednesday show a majority of Texans oppose Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

The poll, which was conducted Sept. 1-11 with 1,000 Texans, covered a variety of topics that included immigration, voter ID, Medicaid and ride-hailing regulation. Those polled believe immigration is the number one issue facing the state and the economy the number one issue facing the nation.

Fifty-nine percent of people said they oppose building a wall along the border to try to stop illegal immigration, and 54 percent believe immigration helps the United States more than it hurts it. Only 40 percent of respondents said they support a ban on the immigration of any person who lives in a country where there has been a history of terrorism against the west. The data among likely voters showed 47 percent saying they would support the ban and 46 percent saying they would oppose it.

Nearly three-fourths of Texans polled believe requiring a government-issued photo ID at polls to vote is a good idea.

On the topic of ride-hailing, 54 percent said they believe ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft should be required to follow the same rules and regulations as taxis. Respondents were somewhat split on whether the regulation should be done at the municipal/city or state level, with 48 percent believing the regulation should be done at the city level and 43 percent at the state level. 

Forty-nine percent of people believe Medicaid should be kept as is, while 42 percent believe Texas should expand Medicaid. Texas Lyceum said the responses were similar to when it was asked in 2013. They added 65 percent of Democrats supported Medicaid expansion, and 71 percent of Republicans believe keeping the program as is.

The poll also included questions on transgender rights and racial discrimination. The overall results show 54 percent of people believe students should have access to public school facilities on the basis of their birth gender and 31 percent believe it should be based on their gender identity. Texas Lyceum noted younger Texans, ages 18-29, were more likely to support access for students based on their gender identity.

Fifty-one percent of African Americans and 23 percent of Hispanics polled said they have felt discriminated against by police. The poll also showed 45 percent of African Americans and 25 percent of Hispanics polled said they felt discriminated against by an employer or potential employer because of their race or ethnic background.

Texas Lyceum data shows 41 percent of those polled said they identified as a Democrat, 38 percent as Republican and 21 percent as an independent. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. GO HERE to read the full poll data released.

The data released Wednesday did not include information on the U.S. presidential election and job approval ratings. Texas Lyceum said that data would be released Thursday. 

(© 2016 KVUE)


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