Texas Politics Project

Job approval for Texas statewide incumbents and other assessment trend data from the Texas Politics Project poll data archive (February 2024 UT/Texas Politics Project Poll update)

February 19, 2024
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Texas Politics Project

This page compiles graphics for trends in job approval ratings of the current statewide incumbents (Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senators) that Texans rate on every poll. Bookmark the page for easy reference – we’ve also added similar graphics for trends in Texans’ assessment of conditions in Texas and the U.S., and some archival results for comparison with leaders no longer in office, updated with results from the February 2024 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll.

Second Reading Podcast: A Conversation with Ross Ramsey about Donald Trump and the Texas GOP

February 8, 2024
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Texas Politics Project

In a new Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson talks with Ross Ramsey, co-founder and former executive editor of The Texas Tribune, about the reverberations in Texas  f Donald Trump's presumed return as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024.
 

Second Reading Podcast: Texas border politics go national

January 30, 2024
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Texas Politics Project

In a new Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss the convergence of national and Texas politics in the current national focus on immigration and border security.

Second Reading Podcast: A busy Interlude in Texas Politics - from a SCOTUS Ruling on the Border to Paxton's about-face

January 23, 2024
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Texas Politics Project

In a new Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank round up the flood of developments in politics in Texas, including the latest in the GOP presidential primary, the SCOTUS ruling against Texas, the DOJ's report on Uvalde, and more. 

Second Reading Podcast: Donald Trump's support among Texas Republicans

January 18, 2024
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Texas Politics Project

In a new Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson and Joshua Blank look at Donald Trump's standing in Texas after his win in Iowa – and the long term roots of support for him among Texas Republicans. 

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

January 9, 2024
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Texas Politics Project

In the first Second Reading Podcast of 2024, Jim Henson and Joshua Blank look at how voters' assessments of the extended 2023 session provide part of the context of the 2024 Republican primary in Texas.

Job approval trends for Texas statewide incumbents and other trend data from the Texas Politics Project poll data archive (December 2023 UT/Texas Politics Project Poll update)

December 19, 2023
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Texas Politics Project

This page compiles graphics for trends in job approval ratings of the current statewide incumbents (Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senators) that Texans rate on every poll. Bookmark the page for easy reference – we’ve also added similar graphics for trends in Texans’ assessment of conditions in Texas and the U.S., and some archival results for comparison with leaders no longer in office.

Second Reading Podcast: A look at the main currents in Texas politics in 2023

December 8, 2023
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Texas Politics Project

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.
 

Second Reading Podcast: Another special session in Texas set to end with a whimper

November 30, 2023
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Texas Politics Project

Jim Henson and Josh Blank look the state of play in the final days of the special session, and discuss how to assess the overall performance of the 88th Legislature.
 

Second Reading Podcast: Texas public opinion toward vouchers and Ken Paxton in the latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll

November 1, 2023
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Texas Politics Project

 Jim Henson and Joshua Blank look at Texans' views of vouchers as the legislature remains at an impasse on the issue, and discuss what the latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll reveals about views of Ken Paxton as his securities fraud trial begins in Houston.

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