Second Reading Podcast: Public opinion and 2024 primary politics in Texas

With the fourth special session adjourned sine die and the end of the year in sight, Jim Henson and Josh Blank consider how the major currents flowing through Texas politics in 2023 made manifest in a tumultuous year at the Texas Legislature.

Some polling results mentioned in the podcast

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Strongly support68%41%17%
Somewhat support24%31%28%
Somewhat oppose3%10%23%
Strongly oppose3%6%18%
Don't know/No opinion3%13%14%

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CategoryLean liberalSomewhat liberalExtremely liberal
Strongly support48%65%85%
Somewhat support40%28%8%
Somewhat oppose5%1%3%
Strongly oppose3%2%3%
Don't know/No opinion4%4%1%

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Extremely closely10%
Somewhat closely43%
Not very closely34%
Not at all closely13%

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Extremely closely10%7%11%
Somewhat closely45%37%45%
Not very closely34%35%34%
Not at all closely12%21%9%

Links to other items mentioned in the podcast

On how partisan views of January 6 align with views of the 2020 Election (Henson and Blank, Texas Politics Project)

"The Texas GOP Civil War Is Messier Than Anyone Expected" (Michael Hardy, Ben Rowan and Alexandra Samuels, Texas Monthly 2 January 2024)

About the Second Reading podcast. The podcast has been produced intermittently by Jim Henson for the Texas Politics Project, with production support from UT's Liberal Arts Development Studio, since 2016. You can find past episodes and subscribe to the Second Reading podcast in Apple PodcastsSpotify,  and Stitcher.

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