Support for the legal recognition of gay and lesbian unions is increasing in Texas.

According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll released on Wednesday, most Texans believe the economy (31%) is the most important problem facing the United States. For 17 percent of respondents, federal spending tops the list, while 14 percent say it's unemployment. Texas' most important problem is immigration, 14 percent of respondents said, followed closely behind by border security (13%).

On gay union recognition, a large majority (69%) of respondents said either marriage (36%) or civil unions (33%) should be legalized for gay couples. Twenty-five percent said the relationships of gay couples should not be recognized with either marriage or civil unions. Seven percent refused to answer.

Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said Texans have a nuanced opinion on the issue.

“Collectively, they jump out in the sense that they continue to demonstrate the pragmatism of the Texas electorate,” he said. “We get into this red-state, blue-state mindset, particularly as the election nears. But we continue to find in the polling in Texas that on issues like gay marriage, voter ID, that if you give people the opportunity to take, instead of a black-and-white option, more of a gray option, a good subset of Texans will take that.”

(Source: The Texas Tribune.)