A poll released late last month by a Democratic firm found that a slight majority of Texans are against the anti-abortion measure being pushed by Republican lawmakers in the state and an even larger majority think the special legislative session should focus on matters other than social issues.
The findings from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that 51 percent of Texas are opposed to a "proposal would put in place new restrictions and regulations on abortion providers that would likely result in the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state of Texas, all of which are located along the I-35 corridor, and would ban most abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy" — provisions that describe the bill likely to pass the legislature during the latest special session called by Gov. Rick Perry (R). Forty-two percent support the proposal.
But a huge majority of 80 percent agreed with the following statement read by the pollsters: "A special session of the legislature should focus on issues like education, jobs, and the economy, instead of bringing up social issues like abortion that were already addressed in the regular session of the legislature."
A survey released Tuesday by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 52 percent of Texas voters were not sure about "Senate Bill 5," the official title of the legislature that was filibustered by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) last week. Unlike Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, PPP did not describe the terms of the bill.