Over 55% of Hispanic Texas Voters Support Building Border Wall, says New Poll

37% of Hispanic respondents said they "strongly support" a Border Wall, 19% "somewhat support"

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — After more than 2.4 million illegal immigrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexican Border during Fiscal Year 2023 – up from roughly 1.7 million in 2021 according to U.S. Customs & Border Protection data –  a new poll of Texas Voters has found there is broad support for more stringent border efforts, and that more than 50% of Hispanic Voters support building a Border Wall

The poll, conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Politics Project, found that overall, more than 50% of Hispanic voters support building a border wall, while 65% of all Texans supported the effort.

Asked whether they support or oppose Texas' "constructing and/or repairing walls or physical barriers on the border between Texas and Mexico" to fight the current state of the Biden Border Crisis:
  • 37% of Hispanic respondents said they "strongly support" the idea
  • 19% said they "somewhat support" a border wall
  • 22% say they "strongly oppose"
  • 12% said they "somewhat oppose" the idea, while
  • 10% said they are not sure how they feel about it
Because Hispanic voters have for decades been viewed as a crucial voter bloc for Texas Democrats – who have repeatedly attempted during that period to make gains in the traditionally conservative state – the shift away from Democrats and toward Republican's policies on the issue is raising major concerns for Texas Democrats.

This is particularly so as Texas pariticpates in next week's March 5th Super Tuesday Primary, and when it comes to down ballot races during November's 2024 Election.

Hispanic voters in Texas have shifted toward Republicans in recent elections, according to CNN exit polls – despite massive and continued fearmongering by Democrats, particularly Joe Biden, about President Trump and the Republican Party:
  • In 2016, 61% voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton,
    • while 34% backed Republican Donald Trump.
  • In 2020, 58% backed Biden,
    • while 41% supported Trump,
When asked about placing barbed wire and buoys along the border to prevent immigrants from illegally entering the U.S., a total of 57% said they supported the wire and buoys.
  The "border wall" served as a cornerstone of former President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The idea faced ridicule from Democrats at the time, as critics argued a wall would do little to curb illegal immigration.

The University of Texas and Texas Politics Project Poll surveyed 1,200 self-declared "Registered Voters" in Texas from February 2-12, 2024, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.83%.