Press release and survey results from a survey of Harris County voters by the HRBC.
HRBC Conducts Countywide Survey
New data shows Harris County voters optimistic about economic future, believe Governor Abbott’s emergency items are important, and narrowly prefer Bus Rapid Transit to additional light rail
Houston, TX – Sponsored by HRBC, a survey was released today that reveals many insights into Harris County voters and their feelings towards political leaders and important issues facing Harris County.
“While Harris County voters feel very differently about various leaders and issues, they overwhelmingly believe that our home is a leader in job creation because of its low taxes and regulations,” said HRBC Chairman Alan Hassenflu. “HRBC looks forward to its continued work with state and local leaders to ensure our region and state remains an economic powerhouse,” continued Hassenflu.
The survey was conducted by Ragnar Research Partners, February 24 through February 26, 2019 by telephone, including landlines (28%) and cell phones (72%). Interviews included 400 Likely Voters (LVs) across Harris County. Quotas on age, gender, education, ethnicity, and region were used to ensure a representative distribution. The study’s margin of error is ±5%.
“Generally, we see that voters have a positive outlook for Harris County which is reflected in the optimistic attitudes towards the County’s continued economic prosperity. The voters believe that Texas continues to head in the right direction, but they have a differing opinion on the state of the Nation,” said Chris Perkins, Partner at Ragnar Research.
Click here to review the survey results.
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Some interesting results. Obviously, Donald Trump remains unpopular in Harris County, as we saw in the November election. Not much Republicans can do about that. It’s interesting that his personality is still driving people away even though the economy is in great shape. It’ll be even more interesting if the economy continues to roll along as we approach the 2020 election. Will voters vote their pocketbook or their emotions?
The other bit of news is about our new County Judge, Lina Hidalgo. 52% of voters have never heard of her. Clearly this poll was taken before this weeks ITC fire. I guarantee you that if they did the same survey this week, most people would have heard of her and her negative ratings would be off the charts. What a spectacular failure she was during the various press conferences. Shows you what happens when people blindly vote party over candidate. Do you miss Ed Emmett and Jack Morman yet?
The survey also included a question about the New York consultants she hired with your money to tell her where her office was. And guess what? The company she hired with your money has deep ties to the Texas Organizing Project, which just happened to give Hidalgo $200k plus of in-kind contributions during her campaign. Read the following 8 links in order to understand how kickbacks work.
- “I’m looking at transparency at everything we do,” Hidalgo said, adding she does not want her administration to have “even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
- “The Texas Organizing Project, a progressive advocacy group that provided $227,000 worth of in-kind donations to Hidalgo last year…”
- Texas Organizing Project opposes more prosecutors.
- Commissioners Court rejects Ogg pitch for more prosecutors
- Hidalgo Hired HR&A consultants from NYC to “to translate her energy and values into her administration: demonstrating that progressive governance can be inclusive, equitable, transparent, and effective.”
- “Lina Hidalgo, eager to improve Harris County government, defends consultant costs”
- HR&A Advisors Represent Texas Organizing Project
- HR&A and TOP have appeared on numerous panels like the Equitable Development and Public Space.
So much for her transparency and swearing off campaign contributions from anyone that does business with the county. Your very first job shouldn’t be as County Judge of 4,000,000 people.
Anyways, it was great to see the HRBC doing a survey on Harris County. Hopefully they will make it an annual thing.