Three out of five Texans believe the state is on the wrong track, according to a new Univ. of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll. The 59% wrong track number is the highest in the 14-year history of the poll. Just 31% of respondents believe the state is heading in the right direction.

Republicans represent much of that 31%, but just 52% of Republicans believe the state is headed in the right direction while 36% believe it is on the wrong track. Predictably, Democrats overwhelmingly believe the state is on the wrong track (11/83), but independents are also pessimistic, with 18% saying the state is headed in the right direction and 67% saying it is on the wrong track. The poll found a significant difference between men (41/50) and women’s (23/66) assessment of the state’s direction. Hispanic/Latino voters view the state’s path generally unfavorably (23/68), nearly the same as Black voters (21/69).

Unsurprisingly, Texas voters are even more pessimistic about the direction of the nation. Just one in six – mostly Democrats – believe the country is headed in the right direction while three quarters believe it is on the wrong track. Republicans (9/90) are decidedly unhappy with the direction of the Nation, and Democrats aren’t much happier (26/59). Independents (9/83), rural residents (11/84) and voters in domestic partnerships (5/86) are particularly pessimistic.

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