Back in October 2012, the University of Texas and Texas Tribune included a question in a poll to gauge Texans views of section 5.
The question got asked again in a February poll, but this time it got asked two ways.
One question asked whether “some states” with a history of discrimination should be required to have changes to voting-related laws approved by the federal government (which is how the question in the October poll also got asked).
But poll respondents also got a second variant of the question this time which asked if “Texas” because of its history of discrimination should be required to have changes to voting-related laws approved by the federal government.
That variant in wording shifted results for Democrats, Republicans, and independents.
When asked about “some states” without specifying Texas, 75% of Democrats favored section 5 review as did 17% of Republicans and 40% of independents.
But mention “Texas,” and Democratic support for section 5 goes to 80%, while Republican support goes to 10% (minus 7) and support from independents does to 27% (minus 13). Republican opposition, likewise, goes from 69% to 80%.
Here’s the full breakdown.
Yes, this got polled back in October 2012 by the University of Texas.
Overall, 51% of Texans in the poll favor continuation of section 5 and 36% oppose.
As you might expect, that breaks down on party lines to 81% of Democrats in favor of the statute vs. 24% of Republicans.
On ethnicity lines, the poll showed support for section 5 from 42% of Anglos, 83% of African-Americans, and 64% of Hispanics.
The poll summary slides here. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 3.46%.
One of the biggest progressive political technology firms, Nationbuilder, has announced they’re going to take on GOP clients, justifying it as a way to further small-d democracy.
“As someone who fought in the political trenches I realized the most important thing wasn’t fighting the individual political battle but changing the whole political system,” [Nationbuilder co-founder Joe] Green said. “We believe America is a better place when everyone has the power to run a grass-roots campaign.”
This would be a little less enraging if it weren’t window dressing for the bare fact that Nationbuilder has realized that there’s a lot of money to be made from GOP campaign clients—especially now that the very public and embarrassing meltdown of the 2012 Romney tech and data operation means that the other side is going to look to ours for solutions.
The question now is how many Democrats will sell out everything we’ve worked for in pursuit of profit. And that’s their right. This is America: You have the liberty to be as much of a principle-free asshole as you want. I would just hope for better from us.
December 10, 2012