News 88.7/KHOU 11 2015 Houston Runoff Election Poll

Houston Public Media News 88.7/KHOU 11 Poll

The survey was conducted by the University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policy Survey Research Center under the Direction of Professor Robert Stein, Rice University. 

 

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  • Mayoral Runoff Election

    In the runoff for Mayor of Houston for whom will you vote or for whom did you vote?

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Sylvester Turner 179  38.1%
    Bill King 177  37.7%
    Unsure 45  9.7%
    Don’t know 17  3.5%
    Refused 52  11%
    Total 469  100%

    Did you vote in last month’s City of Houston election for mayor, city controller and city council.

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Yes 447  95%
    No 22  5%
    Don’t Know/Refused 1  0%
    Total 469  100%

    In the election for Mayor of Houston for whom did you vote?

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Stephen Costello 11 2%
    Bill King 140 30%
    Sylvester Turner 147 31%
    Adrian Garcia 24 5%
    Chris Bell 12 3%
    Marty McVey 1 0%
    Ben Hall 10 2%
    Some other candidate 8 2%
    Don’t know 27 6%
    Refused 90 19%
    Total 469 100%
  • Registered Voters

    On December 12 the City of Houston will hold a runoff election for mayor, city controller and several positions on city council. How likely are you to vote in the December 12th runoff election or have you already voted?

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Already voted 111  24%
    Certain to vote 271  58%
    Very likely to vote  87  18%
    Total 469  100%
  • Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

    Would you support Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, national origin, age, military status, religion or disability, but would not include gender identity — that is not allow men who identify and dress as a woman to use a women’s restroom?  

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    For 164  35%
    Against 229  49%
    Don’t Know 49  10%
    Refused 27  6%
    Total 469  100%

    How did you vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance? Did you vote for or against the Equal Rights Ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, age, military status, religion, or disability? 

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    For 145  31%
    Against 272  58%
    Don’t Know 27  6%
    Refused 26  5%
    Total 469  100%
  • Change Term Limits

    Would you still have voted to adopt two four year terms of office for mayor, city controller and city council members if you knew several council members who are not term limited are now eligible to hold office for a maximum of 10 years in their current office rather than six years? 

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Yes, still would have voted for two four year terms  149  46%
    No, would have voted against two four year terms 55  17%
    Don’t Know 95  29%
    No Answer/Refused 26  8%
    Total 325  100%

    In last November’s election voters were asked if they wanted to change the number of terms mayor, city controller and city council members can hold office from three two year terms to two four year terms. Did you vote to adopt two four year terms or did you vote against this change? 

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Yes, still would have voted for two four year terms  229  49%
    No, would have voted against two four year terms 145  31%
    Did not vote on this issue 47  10%
    Don’t Know/Refused 49  10%
    Total 469  100%
  • Voter Demographics

    What is the highest level of education you received?

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Less than high school 5  1%
    High school diploma 83  18%
    Some college 72  15%
    Two-year college degree 38  8%
    Four-year college degree or more 159  34%
    Post-graduate degree 98  21%
    No Answer/refused 14  3%
    Total 469  100%

    What race do you consider yourself?

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    White 254  54%
    African-American 135  29%
    Hispanic/Latino 35  8%
    Asian/Pacific Islander 6  1%
    Native American 2  0%
    Multi-racial/other 8  2%
    No answer/refused 28  6%
    Total 469  100%

    Do you own or rent your home?

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Own 403  86%
    Rent 51  11%
    No answer/refused 16  3%
    Total 469  100%

    Generally speaking, would you say that you usually think of yourself as a …

     

    Choices Frequency Percent
    Democrat 168  36%
    Republican 135  29%
    Independent 120  26%
    No answer/refused 46  9%
    Total 469  100%

Methodology: Live telephone interviews were conducted with 469 registered voters in the City of Houston who voted in the November 2015 City of Houston election and reported they had already voted, were certain or very likely to vote in the December runoff election.  The sample is weighted to represent the observed and expected proportion of vote cast in the December runoff election by race and ethnicity. The margin of error for each sample is +/- 4.5%.