New data released by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs has unveiled the sharp divide between Texas on important issues such as abortion law.
Amid recent developments in the state’s strict new abortion law, as many as 50 percent of participants surveyed refrained from supporting its passing, while 46 percent showed support for it.
The law, in what became known as State House Bill 1280, yielded the sharp divide ensued in the state of Texas, with at least 77 percent of respondents reporting that the new restrictions on abortion would go too far upon enforcement.
Of the total respondents surveyed, 80 percent who opposed the new abortion law identified as Democrats, while 76 percent identified as Republicans.
The survey also found that more than half of all respondents, or 56 percent, came to a determination that abortion rights should extend to out-of-state travel to seek procedures if deemed necessary. 59 percent also believed that legislation to classify abortion as homicide should be opposed.
In a news release of the findings, Renée Cross, the executive director of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, said the following: “Most Texans recognize that lawmakers need to address access to resources and a range of programs for pregnant women, and their babies and children, especially in the wake of these new restrictions.”
“Abortion will remain a divisive issue impacting public policy, health care, equality and the criminal justice system.”
The survey was carried out between June 17th and July 7th. It involved a sample of 1,169 registered voters from the state of Texas.