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Solid Majority Favors Proposed Harvey Flood Bond, UH Survey Finds

More than half of surveyed Harris County residents said they will vote for the $2.5 billion bond package, while just 10 percent said they will vote no.

Hurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.

Fifty-five percent of surveyed Harris County residents say they’ll vote for the county’s proposed $2.5 billion flood control bond. That’s compared to just 10 percent who say they’ll vote against it, according to a survey conducted by the University of Houston.

This is the second survey UH’s Hobby School of Public Affairs has conducted since Harvey regarding local support for flood prevention.

In the first survey, which was conducted last fall, more than 40 percent of those interviewed said they weren’t willing to spend any more property taxes to support flood control. Jim Granato, the school’s executive director, said that opposition has plummeted.

“There’s strong support even among people who did not flood, and that appears to indicate that people view this as a community/regional issue. It’s not only affecting individuals…themselves, but they’re willing to commit public resources to solving a public problem,” Granato noted.

The survey found support for the bond was bipartisan, with 58 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats backing the proposal.

Early voting in the bond election begins Wednesday. Election Day is August 25.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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