Feb 14, 2022 - News

Texans are worried about Texas

The capitol building in Austin
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Ninety percent of Texans are worried about the future of the state, according to a new poll released by Dallas-based policy think tank Texas 2036.

Why it matters: The poll found that Texans had varying levels of concern about the future of the state, but only 43% said they believe Texas will be better in 20 years than it was two decades ago.

  • The think tank surveyed 1,001 registered voters between Jan. 19-26.

What they’re saying: “We cannot afford to allow voters’ concerns about Texas’ future to fester and pessimism to take hold,” Texas 2036 CEO Margaret Spellings said in a statement.

By the numbers: More than half of the Texans surveyed said the state government is doing a fair or a poor job, with many expressing frustration over the pandemic response.

  • 79% of Texans said they are extremely or very concerned about low reading scores among elementary students.
  • 47% said crime has increased in their community in the past year.
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