AUSTIN, Texas — Following a pair of mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa, a new poll found a notable increase in the share of Texans who said that gun control or gun violence was the most important issue facing Texas.
The 13th annual Texas Lyceum Poll surveyed 1,000 adult citizens in the state and asked them what they felt were the biggest problems both Texas and the United States were facing.
In both cases, immigration topped the list, but with some sharp differences in the magnitude offering it as the country’s most important problem--19& saying it was the biggest issue for the country versus 26% for Texas.
Second was border security, an issue which appears to be a growing concern for those surveyed.
Immigration and border security continue to climb the list of most important issues for Texans over the last few years, Lyceum says, with only 14% mentioning immigration or border security in 2017 polling, 19% in 2018, and now 26% in 2019.
Gun control and gun violence was third on the list for Texans, which marks the first time guns registered significantly as a most important issue in recent polling. 11% believe that's the biggest issue the state currently faces--the same as those who believe border security is most important, and more than those who think education, health care and the economy top the list.
To see the full polling results, click here.