HOUSTON – The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance has been at the center of a political battle for close to two years and it appears that Houston voters could make it the law of the city.
HERO, also known as Proposition 1, has been the target of a political showdown in recent months. Just this week, supporters and opponents released new ads. Supporters say the ordinance prevents discrimination. Opponents say the bill could put citizens in danger when using a public bathroom.
KPRC 2 News commissioned a poll from SurveyUSA taken from voters this week. We asked Houston voters whether they would vote yes, no, or were not certain of their vote.
Here are the poll numbers (margin of error +/- 4.5%):
- 45 percent of those polled said they will vote in favor of Prop 1.
- 36 percent plan to vote no.
- 20 percent are not certain.
While it appears supporters are ahead, the issue is far from resolved.
"You really do have to consider that a majority, or perhaps three quarters of people who say they're undecided or say they have no response, will end up if they turn out, will end up voting no," Mark Jones, political science chair at Rice University, said.
Proposition 1 is just one of several issues that seven mayoral candidates will have to address Friday night in the KPRC 2 and Telemundo Houston 'Decision 2015: Houston Mayoral Debate' at Houston Baptist University. You can watch the debate live on KPRC 2 and Click2Houston.com starting at 7 p.m. Friday.
Poll Sampling/Filtering: 675 Houston adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA Oct. 12 through Oct. 14. Of the adults, 567 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 504 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed-mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (61 percent of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (39 percent of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smart phone, tablet or other electronic device.