It’s the Economy, Poll Says
What do Texas voters care about this election season? The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll tried to find out. Ian Crawford of KUT spoke with Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Tribune, about the most important problem facing the country.
Their answer is clearly economics. The economy is 27 percent of the vote, unemployment and jobs were 19 percent more, so 46 percent put those as the most important issue facing them. Federal spending and national debt made up 18 percent, and then political corruption and leadership were 10 percent. Nothing else broke into double digits. So clearly if you’re looking at a national picture you’re talking economics.
In Texas the economy is No. 2. The most important problem facing the state is immigration; 18 percent picked that, and another 16 percent said border security.
When asked about their personal finances, voters are pessimistic: 16 percent say they are better off personally, 43 percent are worse off.
In previous polls that we’ve done this year and earlier, they were a little bit more optimistic or a little bit more rosy about their own economics. This time they’re kind of dark.
You can hear the interview by clicking the audio player above.