International Concerns of Texas Voters on Russia and Cyber Attacks

During the Spring 2017 semester, the ESRL surveyed Texas registered voters about international concerns. First, tensions with Russia. Second, cyberattacks from other countries.

Russia and Cyber-Attacks against the United States

The ESRL asked the following question.

I would like your opinion about some possible international concerns for the U.S. Please rate the concerns as a major threat, minor threat, or not a threat.

Tensions with Russia: Cyberattacks from other countries:
Major Threat 48% Major Threat 73%
Minor Threat 39% Minor Threat 20%
Not a Threat 9% Not a Threat 5%
Don’t Know 3% Don’t Know 2%
Refuse <1% Refuse <1%

Eighty-seven percent of the respondents believe tensions with Russia are a threat, with 48% of Texas voters believing these a major threat and 39% believing these a minor threat. Nine percent of the respondents view tensions with Russia as not a threat to the U.S.

Ninety-three percent of the respondents believe cyberattacks against the U.S. are a threat, with 73% of Texas voters believing these a major threat and 20% believing these a minor threat. Five percent of the respondents view cyberattacks against the U.S. as not a threat.

Party ID Compared to Tensions with Russia

Republican Democrat Independent Something Else
Major Threat 33% 62% 60% 37%
Minor Threat 52% 26% 31% 49%
Not a Threat 11% 6% 8% 13%
Don’t Know 4% 7% 2%
Refuse 1%

Most Republicans in Texas feel that tensions with Russia are only a minor threat (52%), while the majority of Democrats (62%) and Independents (60%) believe that tensions are a major threat.

Party ID Compared to Cyberattacks against the U.S.

Republican Democrat Independent Something Else
Major Threat 71% 74% 79% 63%
Minor Threat 20% 20% 17% 25%
Not a Threat 5% 3% 5% 9%
Don’t Know 3% 3% 2%
Refuse 1% 0%

 Cyberattacks against the U.S. are viewed as a major threat across all political parties in the state of Texas.

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From March 20 to April 13, 2017, ESRL employees and undergraduate students conducted interviews as part of a class project who were enrolled in Political Analysis, taught by Dr. Jared Perkins, and Introduction to American Government, taught by Dr. Sara Norman.

The employees and students called registered voters in the state of Texas and had 442 completed surveys. Interviews were administered on both landline (28%) and cell phones (72%). The margin of error was ±4.6 at the 95% confidence interval. The sample was weighted based on age from the 2015 population estimate obtained from the Texas Demographic Center

The codebook can be found here: ESRL Spring 2017 Survey.

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