The polling memo was released by Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg), Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington), and Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood).
Tinderholt said in a statement, “A vast majority of my constituents and Texans simply can’t provide for their families from home. Every day the government keeps them from going to work worsens their situation. I’m encouraged to see that many Texans agree with me that governments need to immediately reduce spending. We must act now.”
While the results showed similarity in an inability to work, voters in the two parties were divided on the question of “open[ing] back up and allow[ing] people and businesses to go back to work.”
50 percent of Republicans responding to the poll said that they would want the economy to open back up, compared to only 13 percent of Democrats.
Meanwhile, 82 percent of Democrats said that they believe Texas should remain closed for the time being, while only 40 percent of Republicans said the same.
10 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats were unsure.
Asked if “business should be allowed to reopen so long as they continue to follow [social distancing] protocols,” the vast majority of Republicans — 79 percent — answered yes. Only 15 percent of Republicans said no and 6 percent said they were not sure.
Democrats were more divided on the question, with 43 percent saying yes, 42 percent saying no, and 16 percent unsure.
Hall said of the poll, “Texas has given Republicans control of Texas for a reason. We need to lead by opening Texas back up, and letting Texans get back to work. I was also very pleased to see such bipartisan support for allowing medical procedures that the Texas Medical Board has excessively restricted…We need to loosen the reins immediately.”
The two groups were also split on the opinion of who should decide when Texans go back to work.
A 52 percent majority of Republicans said that decision should be left to Texans, 25 percent said politicians, 7 percent said bureaucrats, and 16 percent were unsure.
33 percent of Democrats answered that Texans should decide, 22 percent said politicians, 14 percent said bureaucrats, and 30 percent were not sure.
Asked if patients should be allowed to seek treatment “if those procedures don’t impact COVID-19 patients,” both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly said yes — 91 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats.
Given the shortfall of tax revenue due to the virus, both parties showed strong support for pursuing a policy of reducing government spending to make up for the shortfall — 67 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats.
29 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats were not sure how the shortfall should be accounted for, and 4 percent of Republicans and 9 percent of Democrats preferred an increase in taxes.
Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) reacted to the poll, adding, “Businesses need to open back up, and social distancing should be encouraged. State and local governments need to immediately reduce spending, and take any tax increases off the table. Texans don’t have more money for us to take from them. I am urging Governor Abbott to let individual Texans decide when they are ready to get back out and engage in society. Those who want to stay home can and those who need to go out to provide for their family should be allowed to do so.”
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.