When it comes to politics, there are often stark contrasts between urban and rural areas, particularly in Central Texas. From income levels to religious beliefs, the two areas have distinct characteristics that shape their political views. When it comes to Republicans, there is a wide gap between urban and rural areas. Urban Republicans are divided on the issue of marriage and children: 53% believe that society is just as well off if people have priorities other than marriage and children, while 45% think that society is better off if people prioritize marriage and children.
On the other hand, most Republicans in rural areas (57%) and suburban areas (60%) believe that society is better off if people prioritize marriage and children. The divide between urban and rural areas can be attributed to the different types of people who choose to live in each area. Urban residents tend to be more diverse and cosmopolitan, while rural residents are more likely to be conformist and conservative. This is reflected in the attitudes towards abortion: 61% of urban residents believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 46% of rural inhabitants.
However, this gap disappears when controlling for party affiliation. When it comes to immigration, most Americans living in urban (60%), suburban (55%), and rural (53%) areas agree that there are immigrants living in their local community. However, Millennials living in rural areas (52%) are more likely than Baby Boomers (36%) and Silent Generation (32%) to say that the growing number of newcomers strengthens American society rather than threatens traditional American customs and values. Overall, it's clear that there are significant differences between urban and rural politicians in Central Texas.
From attitudes towards marriage and children to immigration policies, these differences can be attributed to the different types of people who live in each area. Elected officials must take these differences into account when designing districts that fit their needs.