Water Shortages & Texans' Views on Economy

May 2015 – The state’s job market, while still strong, has softened. And new polling and analysis show that Texans have noticed. Among Texans, job-related concerns are growing, and they’ll likely continue to grow as employment statistics start to reflect the impact of falling oil prices. Texans also believe that the drought is temporary, but they want to take steps to address the situation. If the drought persists, however, they prefer developing new water treatment capacity over mandatory rationing or price increases to reduce demand.

Those are among the key findings of the inaugural Insight Texas effort, a partnership of Baselice & Associates, Influence Opinions, and TXP that combines survey research, social media evaluation, and economic analysis to take a snapshot of public opinion and add them to economic indicators regarding the Texas economy to produce a quarterly analysis.