38% (R) Cornyn
36% (D) Noriega
70% of Texans believe the country is going in the wrong direction, compared to 23% who believe it is on the right track. The poll also finds McCain leading Obama 43%-38% statewide; Ralph Nader and Bob Barr get 1% of the votes combined.
'We interviewed Texas adults during the June 12-20 period, talking to 1,000
adults, half of them male, half of them female. Eight out of ten said they are
registered to vote.
The highly contested presidential contest apparently has Texans more tuned into
politics than they were a year ago. Half identify themselves as voters in "every"
or "almost every" election, and 85% consider themselves "extremely interested"
or "somewhat interested" in politics and public affairs.
The respondents come from a variety of places, 42% suburban, 28% urban, and
27% rural. Most — 59% — are married, and 43% have one or more college
degrees. Most — 54% — identify themselves as White; 32% as Hispanic; and 11%
as African-American. The party splits are 32% Republican and 44% Democrat —
but the ideological splits go the other way, with 42% calling themselves
conservative, 34% saying they are moderate, and 19% identifying themselves as