April 19, 2018 - Texas Voters Say Yes To The Guard, No To The Wall, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Legal Marijuana Almost 2-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Texas voters support 60 - 37 percent using the National Guard to patrol the border with Mexico, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Hispanic voters are divided 51 - 48 percent on deploying the Guard, as white voters support it 68 - 28 percent and black voters oppose it 59 - 38 percent.

Voters say 73 - 25 percent that undocumented immigrants illegally crossing the border with Mexico is an important problem, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Black, white and Hispanic voters all agree this is an important problem.

But Texas voters oppose 53 - 43 percent building a wall along the border with Mexico. White voters support the wall 54 - 43 percent. Opposition is 72 - 24 percent among black voters and 72 - 25 percent among Hispanic voters.

Texas voters say 79 - 15 percent that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children - so-called Dreamers - should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship. This compares to the 77 - 18 percent support for Dreamers measured in an April 11 Quinnipiac University National Poll of all American voters.

Undocumented immigrants do not take jobs from U.S. citizens, Texas voters say 65 - 32 percent. These immigrants are not more likely than American citizens to commit crimes, voters say 67 - 24 percent.

"Texas voters think immigration is the most important issue to their U.S. Senate vote, but their views don't fit exactly in either party's corner. They agree with Democrats in their opposition to President Donald Trump's wall. But, by a wide margin, they support the Republican president's plan to send the National Guard to that border to stop illegal immigration," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

Looking at illegal immigrants in general:
  • 64 percent of Texas voters say they should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship;
  • 10 percent say they should be allowed to stay, but not apply for citizenship;
  • 20 percent say illegal immigrants should be required to leave the U.S.
Gun Laws

Texas voters support 55 - 41 percent stricter gun laws in the U.S. and support 94 - 5 percent requiring background checks to all gun buyers.

Voters also support 53 - 42 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

"Throw away the stereotypes. Texas voters are in favor of tighter gun laws by a solid 14-point margin, and fully 94 percent favor background checks for all gun buyers," Brown said.

Legalized Marijuana, Abortion

Texas voters support 61 - 34 percent allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Republicans oppose legalized marijuana 51 - 43 percent and voters over 65 years old oppose it 51 - 40 percent. Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group support it.

"Texans are not much different than voters in other parts of the country. They support almost 2-1 the idea of allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use," Brown added.

On another divisive issue, 20 percent of Texas voters say abortion should be legal in all cases, as 37 percent say it should be legal in most cases. Another 26 percent say abortion should be illegal in most cases and 12 percent say it should be illegal in all cases.

Texas voters are divided on the 2017 tax law as 43 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove of the tax law.

Voters also are divided on the Affordable Care Act as 45 percent want to keep Obamacare in place and 49 percent want to repeal it.

From April 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,029 Texas voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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34. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Texas today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied       24%    44%     3%    20%    30%    19%    28%    28%
Smwht satisfied      39     49     30     36     42     37     41     44
Smwht dissatisfied   24      4     42     30     19     28     20     17
Very dissatisfied    12      1     23     13      9     15     11      9
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied       18%    21%    27%    26%    35%    23%    28%     8%    20%
Smwht satisfied      35     46     37     38     44     42     43     32     35
Smwht dissatisfied   32     21     20     22     15     21     18     45     28
Very dissatisfied    14     11     15     10      6     13     10     14     17
DK/NA                 1      -      1      3      1      2      2      2      -
 
 
35. In general, would you like to see the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, remain in place, or would you like to see Obamacare repealed?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Remain in place      45%    10%    85%    52%    40%    50%    40%    28%
Repealed             49     87     10     41     55     45     56     65
DK/NA                 5      3      4      7      5      5      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Remain in place      56%    41%    43%    44%    31%    38%    34%    79%    53%
Repealed             36     55     55     50     64     57     60     17     42
DK/NA                 8      5      3      6      5      5      5      4      5
 
 
36. Do you approve or disapprove of the 2017 tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Trump?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              43%    76%    11%    36%    51%    36%    54%    54%
Disapprove           45     12     83     49     40     48     39     33
DK/NA                13     12      7     15      9     16      7     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              29%    44%    51%    45%    61%    48%    54%    15%    32%
Disapprove           51     45     41     46     32     39     36     76     52
DK/NA                20     11      8      9      7     13     10     10     16
 
 
37. Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Legal all cases      20%     9%    32%    20%    16%    24%    14%    20%
Legal most cases     37     26     48     43     36     38     41     32
Illegal most cases   26     41      9     24     30     23     32     28
Illegal all cases    12     20      8      8     11     13      9     16
DK/NA                 6      5      3      6      8      4      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legal all cases      34%    17%    15%    14%    14%    19%    17%    23%    24%
Legal most cases     38     39     36     37     35     37     36     50     32
Illegal most cases   15     34     29     25     32     28     30      9     25
Illegal all cases     7      7     14     19     11     14     12     11     13
DK/NA                 6      2      6      5      7      3      5      6      6
 
 
38. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Texas to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              61%    43%    69%    69%    65%    57%    58%    57%
Oppose               34     51     26     27     31     36     36     35
DK/NA                 6      6      5      4      4      7      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              79%    71%    55%    40%    58%    57%    58%    66%    61%
Oppose               16     24     40     51     35     35     35     29     36
DK/NA                 5      5      5      8      6      7      7      5      3
 
 
39. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  64%    47%    84%    68%    59%    69%    63%    55%
B) Stay/Not citizen  10     10     11      9     12      9     11      6
C) Not stay          20     36      4     18     24     17     20     32
DK/NA                 6      7      1      6      6      6      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  77%    62%    61%    59%    54%    63%    59%    81%    71%
B) Stay/Not citizen   7     10     11     11     12      6      8     10     14
C) Not stay          12     19     23     25     29     24     26      5     11
DK/NA                 3      8      5      5      6      7      7      4      4
 
 
40. Do you support or oppose allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the United States and eventually apply for citizenship?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              79%    64%    97%    83%    74%    83%    76%    71%
Oppose               15     26      3     11     19     12     18     21
DK/NA                 6     10      -      6      7      6      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              87%    77%    76%    77%    70%    76%    73%    95%    83%
Oppose                8     18     19     14     24     16     20      5      9
DK/NA                 5      5      6      8      5      9      7      -      8
 
 
41. Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              43%    81%    14%    30%    48%    39%    49%    59%
Oppose               53     16     83     66     50     56     47     38
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      3      5      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              24%    44%    51%    52%    58%    50%    54%    24%    25%
Oppose               72     52     47     45     40     45     43     72     72
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      2      5      4      3      3
 
                     AREA....................................
                            Dallas        South
                     East   FtWrth Houstn Centrl West   South
 
Support              59%    38%    44%    35%    59%    33%
Oppose               39     60     52     59     36     64
DK/NA                 2      2      4      6      6      3
 
 
42. Do you support or oppose using the National Guard to patrol the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              60%    91%    30%    54%    65%    57%    64%    72%
Oppose               37      8     64     43     34     39     32     24
DK/NA                 3      1      6      3      2      4      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              53%    60%    65%    62%    73%    64%    68%    38%    51%
Oppose               46     36     34     34     26     30     28     59     48
DK/NA                 2      5      1      4      2      6      4      3      1
 
 
43. Do you think that undocumented immigrants illegally crossing the border with Mexico is an important problem, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Impt problem     73%    94%    56%    66%    74%    72%    75%    80%
No                   25      6     41     32     24     26     23     19
DK/NA                 2      -      4      2      2      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Impt problem     62%    74%    77%    76%    79%    76%    77%    71%    61%
No                   35     25     23     20     20     22     21     27     36
DK/NA                 3      1      -      4      1      2      2      2      2
 
 
44. In general, do you think undocumented immigrants take jobs away from American citizens, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Take jobs        32%    56%     9%    25%    37%    27%    36%    42%
No                   65     39     90     73     60     69     60     53
DK/NA                 3      5      1      2      3      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Take jobs        17%    33%    41%    35%    43%    36%    39%    13%    21%
No                   82     65     56     59     54     58     56     86     78
DK/NA                 2      2      4      6      3      6      5      1      1
 
 
45. In general, do you think undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than American citizens, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/More likely      24%    42%     8%    18%    30%    20%    24%    33%
No                   67     46     88     75     62     72     65     54
DK/NA                 9     12      4      7      9      9     12     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/More likely      15%    24%    31%    27%    33%    25%    28%    14%    18%
No                   83     68     60     59     56     62     59     84     78
DK/NA                 2      8     10     14     10     14     12      1      4
 
 
46. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              55%    32%    84%    58%    41%    66%    52%    44%
Oppose               41     64     15     38     55     30     45     52
DK/NA                 4      5      1      4      4      4      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    47%    55%    62%    35%    59%    48%    81%    59%
Oppose               38     48     43     34     62     37     48     17     35
DK/NA                 5      5      3      3      4      4      4      2      6
 
 
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              45%    39%    59%    55%    45%
Oppose               52     59     38     41     50
DK/NA                 3      2      4      3      5
 
 
47. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              94%    91%    97%    95%    92%    96%    95%    92%
Oppose                5      7      3      5      7      3      4      7
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              95%    91%    94%    96%    90%    97%    94%    96%    93%
Oppose                3      8      5      3      8      3      5      3      6
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2      -      1      1      1
 
 
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              93%    92%    95%    95%    89%
Oppose                6      7      4      4      8
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2
 
 
48. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              53%    38%    84%    51%    39%    65%    51%    49%
Oppose               42     57     13     44     55     31     43     46
DK/NA                 5      5      3      4      5      4      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              45%    45%    56%    71%    35%    62%    50%    69%    55%
Oppose               46     53     42     24     58     34     45     26     41
DK/NA                 9      2      3      5      7      4      5      4      4
 
 
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              41%    37%    56%    55%    44%
Oppose               53     57     40     40     51
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      4