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IUPRA Poll Archive

IUPRA poll finds Black and Latino voters oppose concealed carry on campuses

In March 2016 the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis conducted its first public opinion poll among registered Texas voters. A number of topics were covered including criminal justice, gun control, education, race relations, health care, and more.

While there are several polls studying similar subjects, IUPRA’s poll is unique in that it situates the analysis within a black studies context and focuses on Black voters as the point of comparison on public opinion. The poll included an oversample of Black voters which allows IUPRA to generate more reliable estimates with a smaller margin of error. Often times, polling data does not report results disaggregated by race, leaving out the views of Black individuals.


Attitudes about gun laws

Graph: Attitudes about gun laws

The IUPRA poll found that a majority of Black and Latino voters oppose the new state law that allows for the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses. According to the poll, 79 percent of Black voters, 66 percent of Latino voters, and 47 percent of White voters in Texas oppose Senate Bill 11. The Texas Legislature approved the bill last summer to allow license holders to carry concealed handguns on higher education campuses. The law begins to take effect Aug. 1, 2016.

> Read the poll memo on gun laws
> View the poll summary on gun laws
> Download graphs on gun laws


Attitudes about police and criminal justice

Graph: Attitudes about police and criminal justice

Another major finding in the IUPRA poll is the racial and ethnic difference in perceptions of institutional racism among police, despite widespread support among all races and ethnicities for mandatory police training in diversity. Eighty-two percent of Black voters polled believe officer-involved shootings of Black people reflect institutional racism, while 55 percent of Latino voters and 33 percent of White voters agree. Despite the differences in thoughts on institutional racism, 98 percent of Black voters, 94 percent of Latino voters, and 85 percent of White voters all agree that police departments should implement mandatory diversity training.

> Read the poll memo on police and criminal justice
> View the poll summary on police and criminal justice
> Download graphs on police and criminal justice


Attitudes about education

Graph: Attitudes about education

The IUPRA poll also found that there is agreement across all races and ethnicities on discussion of religion and race/racism in public schools. Sixty-nine percent of Black, 61 percent of White, and 54 percent of Latino voters all agree that religion or religious-based explanations be discussed in public schools. Similarly, 85 percent of Black, 78 percent of White, and 73 percent of Latino voters agree that race and racism should also be discussed in public schools.

> Read the poll memo on education
> View the poll summary on education
> Download graphs on education


Attitudes about health care

Graph: Attitudes about health care

Both dental care and mental health care have strong correlations to overall health outcomes for all people and disparities by race and income leads to decreased healthy outcomes for these Texas voters. Sixteen percent of Latino voters reported that in the last 12 months there was a time when someone in their household needed to see a mental health provider but did not go, compared to 6 percent of Blacks and 7 percent of Whites. Texas voters also reported differences in access to dental care by income with 41 percent of Texans with household incomes below $50,000 reporting that in the last 12 months there was a time when someone in their household needed to see a dentist but did not go, compared to 23 percent of those with incomes above $50,000.

> Read the poll memo on health care
> View the poll summary on health care
> Download graphs on health care


More poll results on education and race relations, as well as the crosstabs and survey data set will be released as they become available. Follow IUPRA on Twitter at @IUPRA_UT and like us on Facebook for notifications about releases.

The statewide phone survey was conducted between March 16 and 31 by Consumer Research International. The sample included 1,011 registered voters in Texas and has a margin of error of +/- 3.08 percentage points. Major geographic areas in the state were represented including Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Waco, the Rio Grande border area, East Texas, and West Texas. Information was also collected from Asian American, Native American, Middle Eastern, and multiracial voters, however none of the groups were over 2.5 percent of the total.


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