Poll: Electricity costs and reliability are top-of-mind for Texas voters

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After the heat of high domestic energy bills following last year's deadly winter electricity outage, most Texans favor investments to make the state's electricity grid more reliable.

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The survey, conducted by progressive research group Data for Progress in early September, found that immigration and grid reliability are among the most pressing issues for Texas voters.

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Most voters still battling the influence of Winter Storm Uri voted across the political spectrum, he said, adding that state leaders did not adequately protect.

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In a survey of nearly 700 potential voters, about seven in 10 Texans said their household energy bills are also now higher than they were a year ago.

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"These high household energy bills are detracting from the quality of life of Texas voters," said Danielle Diseroth, lead climate strategist at Data for Progress. "

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About 60% of respondents reported that they had cut down on recreational activities, and at home, about half of respondents said they now use less air conditioning and reduce the amount of lights.

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Respondents also reported cutting down on requirements such as food and prescriptions, which came in at 30%, and turning political parties at 19% in midterm elections.

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Survey respondents were divided on who to blame for high household energy prices, with some blaming President Joe Biden, Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas' Electric Reliability Council or other electricity.

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After reminding respondents that the Texas electric grid is not subject to federal regulation, Abbott and ERCOT are more motivated to blame, which manages the Texas grid rather than Biden.

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