Elections 2022Immigration & BorderIssuesTaxes & SpendingHispanic Texans Overwhelmingly Believe There Is a Border Crisis and Support Security Measures, Poll Suggests

The respondents in the poll were divided on their approval or disapproval of President Biden’s job performance.
March 21, 2022
Hispanic adults in Texas are split on whether they approve or disapprove of President Biden’s job performance and overwhelmingly believe that there is a crisis on the southern border, according to a poll published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).

TPPF is a conservative think tank headquartered in Austin. The research was conducted by WPA Intelligence, a polling, data science, and technology firm based in Washington D.C. that describes its team as “specialists in electing conservatives.” The firm surveyed 608 Hispanic adults from February 14-23 of this year. The poll had a margin of error of 4 percent.

Immigration, border security, and education were the top three answers when respondents were asked an open-ended question about the most important issues the Texas legislature should address. 64 percent of those surveyed indicated that they definitely plan to vote on Election Day in November.

Almost three-quarters of respondents agreed that there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico with only 23 percent disagreeing with that characterization.

Of all of the respondents, 51 percent supported an increase in border security measures while only 13 percent supported a decrease. 32 percent answered that security measures should remain the same.

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President Biden’s approval rating was 47 percent in the poll, while 46 percent indicated disapproval. 61 percent attributed inflation to “bad policies” rather than the 27 percent who called it “a normal part of the economy.”

The survey also asked respondents if Texas history — such as the Alamo, the Texas Revolution, and “the ideal of the ‘Lone Star State’” — was a “major part of your heritage.” 72 percent indicated that it was a major part of their heritage while 22 percent indicated that it was not.

When asked if “Hispanics have access to the American Dream to the same extent as white people,” 57 percent agreed with that statement while 40 percent disagreed. However, 87 percent described themselves as proud to be an American and 84 percent described themselves as proud Texans.

A plurality, 46 percent, believed there was no difference in the accessibility of the American dream compared to five years ago. 22 percent responded that it was more accessible while 30 percent stated that it was less accessible. More than four in five respondents agreed that America is a “land of freedom and opportunity.”

The survey also questioned respondents about property taxes and public education. 71 percent characterized property taxes as a “major burden” while less than a quarter disagreed with that characterization.

More than three-quarters supported the “right to use the tax dollars designated for their child’s education to send their child to whatever school, public, charter, or private school that best serves their needs.” Only 16 percent opposed this idea.

A copy of WPA Intelligence’s report containing the survey results can be found below.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."