Post Date: May 2021
It's a snap: A compilation of Texas attitudes on voting and elections as the GOP elections bill enters the endgame
The Texas Politics Project polling data archive contains multiple items that bear on both the content and the context of the omnibus voting and elections bill being debated during the final days of the 87th Texas Legislature. As the endgame on voting legislation that is gaining national attention unfolds over what's left of the Memorial Day weekend, we've compiled resources that reveal useful characteristics of the attitudinal context for this major legislative attempt to affect how elections are conducted in the future, and, by implication, what the composition of the electorate will be in upcoming elections.
Job approval data from Speaker Phelan’s first term + historical Speaker approval ratings from the Texas Politics Project data archive
While gathering some polling data for revisions I’m making to lecture notes for intro to Texas politics and government courses, I belatedly noticed that we have an unusual amount of job approval ratings for the new Speaker of the House as a result of the increased number of polls we’ve conducted so far this year.
The Second Reading Podcast: A Primary Challenger for the Governor While the Texas House Responds to the Pandemic
Job approval trends for Texas statewide incumbents and other trend data from the Texas Politics Project poll data archive
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.
The shifts in Texans’ approval of the jobs the Governor and other statewide officials have done during an unprecedented period of crisis in the state provide a critical context for understanding the trajectory of state politics as we enter a key interlude in the intertwined legislative and election cycles.