March 2023 Poll of 1,020 Texas Likely Voters
Conducted by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA
How would you rate
the job Joe Biden has been doing as President… do you strongly approve,
somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s
Has Texas developed its open
land into cities, housing, and highways too much, too little, for about as much
as it should?
Government data show that the
United States now has about one-third less cropland for each American than it
did 30 years ago. How important is it to
protect U.S. farmland from development so the United States is
able to produce enough food to feed its own human population in the
If recent migration and
fertility trends continue, Texas demographers project that the state's
population of 30 million will reach about 44 million by 2060. Do you find the prospect of adding another 14
million residents to be more positive or more negative?
If Texas adds another 14
million residents, do you expect traffic to become much worse or would the
state Department of Transportation be able to build enough extra road capacity
to accommodate the extra residents without more congestion?
Texas ranks third in the U.S.
in agricultural acres irrigated, and irrigation is crucial to food production
in the state. Texas cities compete for scarce water with agriculture. Should
water used to irrigate farmland be diverted to support additional human
population growth in Texas?
Texas has limited water flows
in its undammed streams and rivers. Is it more important for the remaining
amount of water in free-flowing streams and rivers to be used to support
forested wildlife habitat, fish and birds, or is it
more important to use the remaining water in Texas streams to support the
projected increase of residents in the state?
From an environmental
standpoint, how important is it to preserve Texas’ woodlands, natural wetlands,
rivers, grasslands, and mountains?
How important is it to you that
you can easily get to Natural Areas and Open Space?
A study of government data
found that 70% of the loss of Texas’s Open Space, natural habitat, and farmland
in recent decades was related to the state's rapid population growth. Would
continuing this level of population growth into the future make Texas better, worse or not much different?
In recent years, have you
sensed that Texas’s cities, parks, neighborhoods, schools, and roads have
become much more crowded, somewhat more crowded, somewhat less crowded, or much
The population of Texas has
more than doubled since 1980. Would you prefer that the Texas population
continue to rapidly grow, that it grow more slowly,
that it stay about the same size, or that it become smaller?
A major source of Texas
population growth is people moving in from other states, especially places like
California. Should local and state governments in Texas make it more difficult
for people to move to Texas from other states by restricting development?
Another major source of Texas
population growth is immigration from other countries. Should the federal government reduce annual
immigration to slow down Texas population growth, keep immigration and
population growth at the current level, or increase annual immigration and
Currently the federal
government adds about one million legal permanent immigrants to the country
each year. What annual level would you prefer: increase to two
million or more per year, increase to one and a half million, keep it at around
one million, reduce it to a half-million, or reduce it to 100,000 or
One way to handle continued
population growth without losing as much open space, natural habitat, and
farmland in Texas is to change zoning and other regulations to funnel more
current and future residents into apartments and condo buildings instead of
single-family houses with yards. Do you strongly favor that change, somewhat
favor it, somewhat oppose it or strongly oppose it?
In trying to control illegal
immigration, should the government mandate that all employers use the federal
electronic E-Verify system to help ensure that they hire only legal workers for
Do you live in a major city,
the suburbs, a small city, a town or a rural area?
Where would you prefer to live
– in a major city, the suburbs, a small city, a town
or a rural area?
Have you lived in Texas since childhood or did you move to Texas as an adult?
About how long have you lived
in Texas, less than 10 years, 10 to 20 years, 20 to 30 years, or
more than 30 years?
Were you born in Texas, in another
state, or another country?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence