Texans deeply divided on border wall, new poll shows

February 26, 2019

Texans are completely divided on whether to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, a new poll shows.

While 48 percent of Texans said they support building a wall, another 48 percent oppose it, a poll from Quinnipiac University released on Tuesday shows. Another 4 percent said they did not know or did not answer.

But the poll also suggests that Texans are more unified in opposing President Donald Trump’s decision to use emergency executive powers to get the wall built without approval from Congress. According to the poll of 1,222 Texas voters, 60 percent disapprove of Trump’s action, while 39 percent disapprove. The margin of error is 3.4 percent.

The poll also showed Texas overwhelmingly support allowing so-called Dreamers to remain in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship. According to the poll results, 71 percent support allowing children brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents to remain and eventually apply for citizenship. Just 24 percent opposed that.

Even among Republicans, 51 percent said they supported letting those children stay and apply for citizenship. For Democrats, 95 percent said they should be allowed to remain and seek citizenship.

The poll also shows Trump remains upside-down with Texas voters. While 47 percent of voters approve of his job, 50 percent said they disapproved of his handling of his job. He is the only elected official polled that has more people disapproving of his handling of his job, than those who approve of it.

Gov. Greg Abbott remains the most popular elected official in Texas. The poll showed 58 percent approve of the job Abbott has done, versus 28 percent who disapprove. Fifty-one percent said they approve of the work of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, with 40 percent disapproving.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who is up for re-election in 2020, had only 43 percent who said they approved of the work he is doing, but only 26 percent said they disapproved. Thirty one percent said they did not know or did not answer.

For Cornyn, his support from Republicans is lower than others tested. Only 64 percent of Republicans said they approved of the job he has done. For Cruz, that number is 87 percent. For Abbott that number is up to 88 percent. And Trump is at 90 percent.

Cornyn has already been trying to shore up his GOP support. Last week Trump endorsed him and before that Cruz and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced they were supporting Cornyn.

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