Political Science

Center for Opinion Research

May 2023 Poll Results

The May survey by UT Tyler is the second poll that has studied the views of Texas voters during the 2023 legislative session. The survey also includes 1,413 registered voters who answered questions between May 10 and May 21 to provide insights to how the public views public policy debates in Austin.


Press Coverage                 

Texas Survey - May 10-21, 2023



The Department of Political Science & History hosts the Center for Opinion Research, which includes a professional survey center with 25 work stations for students to learn about survey research by experiencing how the data is collected. Our studies contribute to a better understanding of Texas and the public's perceptions about topics. We have also published results in academic journals in political science and public health.



The UT-Tyler Poll is a statewide random sample of 1,413 registered voters conducted between May 10 and 21. The mixed-mode sample includes 509 registered voters surveyed over the phone by the University of Texas at Tyler with support from Promark Research and ReconMR. These individuals were randomly sampled from the list of registered voters in Texas. Another 904 registered voters were randomly selected from Dynata’s panel of online respondents. The margin of sampling error that includes design effects from this poll is plus or minus 3.0 percentage points for a 95% confidence interval.

The online and phone surveys were conducted in English and Spanish. Using information from the 2022 Current Population Survey and Office of the Texas Secretary of State. The sample’s gender, age, race/ethnicity, education, metropolitan density and vote choice were matched to the population of registered voters in Texas.

Post-stratification weights were calculated for the random telephone sample and web sample separately to be representative of the Texas registered voter population, before the two weighted samples were combined into one standardized sample (see Elliott 2009). To balance sample demographics with the estimated gender, age, race/ethnicity, and education of registered voters in the state we use an iterated process known as raking. These parameters were derived from 2022 Current Population Survey to reflect Texas’s electorate. Also, to account for the influence of urbanization on voter registration the sample is also weighted to reflect the population density of the state using the counts of registered voters in all 254 counties based on data from the Texas Secretary of State. Election data from the Texas Secretary of State is also used to reflect voting patterns in the state.  The use of these weights in statistical analysis ensures that the characteristics of the sample closely reflect the characteristics of registered voters in Texas. A second step uses weights from the probability phone sample to standardize the weights for the non-probability online sample to reduce sampling bias (see Elliott 2009).


Archive of Past Studies


Press Coverage

Texas Survey - February 2023

February UT Tyler Poll, KVUT.org

UT Tyler poll: 60% of Texas voters support school choice

Texas Likely Voters (Election) - October 2022

Texas Registered Voters (Policies) - October 2022

October UT Tyler Poll, KVUT.org

Abbott leading O'Rourke by 6 points among likely voters

Texas Survey - September 2022


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott widens lead on Beto O’Rourke in new poll

Texas Survey - August 2022


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott still leads Beto O’Rourke, new poll shows

Texans mostly split over Roe abortion ruling, but more are unsure, poll shows

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger in new poll

Texas Survey - May 2022

Texas poll: What residents say about Abbott, O’Rourke, the border, abortion, marijuana

Texas Survey - February 2022

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott up 7 points over Beto O’Rourke; AG Ken Paxton likely headed to runoff

Texas Survey - January 2022

Abbott running comfortably ahead of O'Rourke in DMN/UT-Tyler Poll

What Do Texans Want? Progressive Policies and Conservative Politicians

Texas Survey - November 2021

Greg Abbott holds 6-point lead over Beto O’Rourke, bigger edge in 3-way Texas governor’s race

Most Texans oppose gerrymandering but tuned out this year’s GOP-led redraw, News/UT-Tyler poll finds

Texas Survey - September 2021 

Abbott’s right turn deflates GOP rivals but opens door for O’Rourke, McConaughey

Texas Survey - June 2021

Gov. Abbott rebounds against possible challenger Matthew McConaughey, has razor thin edge over actor

Texas Survey - April 2021

Matthew McConaughey may be a viable candidate for Texas governor; poll shows actor ahead of Abbott

Texas Survey - March 2021

Stung by the Storm: Poll finds Texas leaders failed to anticipate severe weather, prepare public

Texas Survey - October 2020

(Likely Voter Report)

Texas Survey - October 2020

(Registered Voter Report)

Biden rebounds to edge over Trump in Texas 

as Hegar slightly narrows Cornyn's lead in Senate race

Texas Survey - September 2020

Trump erases Biden's lead in Texas

Texas Survey - July 2020


Texas Survey - April 2020


Texas Survey - February 2020

(Likely Voters)

Texas Survey (February Registered Voters)

Bernie Sanders, aided by Hispanics, bursts into lead in Texas primary, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows

Texas Survey - January 2020

(Likely Voters)

Texas Survey (January 2020 - Registered Voters)

Dallas Morning News, University of Texas at Tyler join forces to poll Texans on elections, issues

Donald Trump ahead in Texas, though Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg close behind, Dallas Morning News-UT Tyler poll shows

Texans overwhelmingly want gun background checks, are open to red flag laws, DMN-UT Tyler poll finds

Texas Survery (November 2019)


Texas Survey (September 2019)


Post Debate Survey (August 2019)


Pre DebateTexas Survey(July 2019)


Texas Survey(July 2019)


Texas Opinion Study (Feb 2019)

Statesman Commentary

Texas Opinion Survey (Oct 2018)  

Texas Tribune, Ted Cruz’s lead over Beto O’Rourke narrows to 3.6, UT-Tyler poll says

Tyler Paper, UT Tyler sets up statewide polling center to gauge political, public opinion

KLTV, UT Tyler professors explain ‘science’ behind statewide political poll

Tyler Paper, UT Tyler poll shows Ted Cruz leading Beto O’Rourke by 4.3 points