July 6, 2022
A new University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll finds 15% of Texans expressing support for a complete ban on abortion access in polling conducted primarily in the week prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement of its landmark opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. While 37% of Texas voters say that they support "trigger law" that would ban abortion in most cases in Texas in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling, no more than 36% would foreclose all access to legal abortion across a range of circumstances.
The survey also found Texans expressing overwhelmingly negative views of the economy: 53% said that their personal economic situation is worse than a year ago; 58% said the Texas economy is worse than a year ago; and 73% said the national economy is worse than it was a year ago. All three represented the highest negative assessments since the poll began tracking these attitudes. With elections for statewide offices and the Texas legislature just over four months away, 59% said the state was on the wrong track — the largest share of negative responses in the poll’s history.
Respondents were asked, "Do you think that gun control laws be made more strict, less strict, or left as they are now?"
Respondents were asked, "If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer, less safe, or would it have no impact on safety?"
Respondents were asked, "Thinking about mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in recent years, which of the following factors is most to blame for the shootings? [RANDOMIZE 1-9]"
Respondents were asked, "Do you support or oppose allowing legal gun owners over the age of 21 to carry handguns in most public places in Texas without a license or training?"
Respondents were asked, "Do you support or oppose requiring criminal and mental health background checks on all gun purchases in the United States, including at gun shows and for private sales?"
Respondents were asked, "Do you support or oppose banning the sale of selected semi-automatic rifles, often referred to as assault weapons?"
Respondents were asked, "Do you support or oppose allowing courts to require a person determined to be a risk to themselves or others to temporarily surrender guns in their possession?"
Respondents were asked, "Do you support or oppose raising the legal age to purchase any firearm from 18 years of age to 21 years of age?"
Respondents were asked, "As you may know, high-capacity magazines or clips can hold many rounds of ammunition, so a shooter can fire more rounds without manually reloading. Would you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold many rounds of ammunition?"