Surprise! You're not that bad
New poll reveals shocking results on how outsiders view Texas
Despite calls to #BoycottTexas by sports groups, business groups, women's groups (and more) over any number of state laws and public policies sparking national outrage (here's a recent list), a surprising new poll shows a majority of Americans view Texas in a positive light.
And, the recent findings are a noteworthy increase from a previous year's poll.
The survey from Crosswind Media and Public Relations shows 59 percent of Americans outside of Texas view the state favorably, with 33 percent having a “very positive” view of the state, and 26 percent having a “somewhat positive” view.
On the other side of the spectrum, 21 percent of those surveyed did not view Texas positively. Nine percent held a “somewhat negative” view, and 12 percent had a “very negative” view of the state. Only 17 percent of Americans polled held a “neutral” view about Texas.
The survey also asked about the state’s friendliness for starting businesses, raising families, and traveling on vacation. 66 percent of Americans saw Texas as a good place to start a business, 64 percent said it was a great place to raise a family, and 69 percent of respondents considered the state a great travel destination.
The business- and family-friendliness categories were 13 and 12 percent increases year-over-year from their 2022 survey.
Additionally, their data suggests San Antonio is the leading vacation destination for most Americans. Considering San Antonio and its Hill Country neighbors in New Braunfels and Boerne earned recognition for 17 top attractions at the 2023 Texas Travel Awards, we can definitely understand the hype.
In a press release, Crosswind CEO Thomas Graham remarked that the state is “heading in the right direction” by poll-takers, after last year’s poll resulted in only 45 percent of outsiders viewing Texas in a positive light.
"This survey demonstrates the durability of the brand of Texas as being pro-business, family-friendly, and a premier travel destination," he said.
But, does it?
Only 845 people were surveyed… by a public relations firm that's charged with "Branding Texas." So take that with as big of a grain of salt as you’d like.
The full report and its methodology is available on their website.