A Compilation of Texas Republican public opinion as the Republican Party of Texas convenes in Houston

As the Republican Party of Texas holds its election-year convention in Houston, scheduled to last through Saturday, we’ve compiled a selection of public opinion results among Republicans from our extensive polling data archive. We’ve not attempted any analysis here, though there is plenty elsewhere in our blog on the dynamics of public opinion in the Texas GOP. Rather, we’ve pulled out Republican subtotals on items that likely seem to provide relevant context for the convention proceedings and the political positioning taking place in and around the gathering.

Most important problem facing Texas

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Border security2%21%37%
Immigration2%10%24%
Political corruption/leadership21%11%2%
Inflation/Rising prices10%15%10%
The economy4%5%3%
Abortion5%4%1%
Gun control/violence6%4%1%
Taxes3%2%3%
Voting rights8%2%0%
Gas prices2%1%3%
Energy/The grid5%3%2%
COVID-193%4%1%

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categoryDemocratsIndependentsRepublicans
Feb. 201514%33%59%
June 201514%25%59%
Oct. 201512%32%57%
Feb. 201617%28%54%
June 20168%29%52%
Oct. 20167%32%56%
Feb. 20178%21%51%
June 20177%36%51%
Oct. 201712%30%44%
Feb. 201812%32%48%
June 20188%24%53%
Oct. 20189%29%62%
Feb. 201911%29%62%
June 201911%35%59%
Oct. 201912%28%57%
Feb. 202010%32%52%
Apr. 20201%8%28%
June 20203%14%29%
Oct. 20203%11%30%
Feb. 20212%23%46%
Mar. 20218%35%61%
Apr. 20216%35%65%
June 20216%35%59%
Aug. 20212%29%64%
Oct. 20212%26%68%
Feb. 20223%28%58%
Apr. 20224%31%61%
June 20222%19%45%
Aug. 20224%38%54%
Oct. 20224%35%61%
Dec. 20223%27%60%
Feb. 20235%32%59%
Apr. 20235%19%57%
June 20237%39%59%
Aug. 20235%38%59%
Oct. 20239%43%60%
Dec. 20237%32%61%
Feb. 202414%44%68%
Apr. 202413%40%63%
June 20249%34%61%

Republican ideological identification

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PollLiberalModerateConservative
July 20082%25%73%
October 20082%20%78%
March 200913%16%71%
June 20096%12%82%
October 20091%15%84%
February 20102%9%89%
May 20101%10%89%
September 20100%9%91%
October 20102%8%90%
February 20113%14%84%
May 20112%11%87%
October 20112%11%87%
February 20121%12%86%
May 20121%22%77%
October 20121%23%76%
February 20132%12%87%
June 20131%14%85%
October 20133%20%77%
February 20141%19%79%
June 20142%12%86%
October 20142%13%85%
February 20151%16%83%
June 20154%16%81%
October 20152%14%85%
February 20162%17%82%
June 20161%15%83%
October 20161%18%81%
February 20173%23%74%
June 20172%11%87%
October 20172%14%83%
February 20184%10%86%
June 20183%13%84%
October 20183%11%85%
February 20194%11%85%
June 20195%13%83%
October 20195%14%81%
February 20202%15%83%
April 20204%13%83%
June 20206%12%82%
October 20205%12%84%
February 20214%15%81%
March 20213%14%83%
April 20213%10%87%
June 20212%15%84%
August 20214%13%84%
October 20212%10%88%
February 20223%12%85%
April 20224%11%84%
June 20224%12%84%
August 20225%13%83%
October 20223%13%84%
February 20233%18%78%
April 20234%16%80%
June 20234%13%83%
August 20233%14%83%
October 20236%19%75%
February 20245%14%81%
April 20246%14%80%
June 20244%16%80%

Are Texas' Republican elected officials conservative enough?

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CategoryRepublican
Conservative enough46%
Too conservative10%
Not conservative enough35%
Don't know/No opinion9%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Conservative enough38%41%52%
Too conservative10%19%7%
Not conservative enough41%24%37%
Don't know/No opinion11%15%5%

Direction of Texas

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Right direction17%23%61%
Wrong track76%56%28%
Don't know7%21%11%

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PollRight DirectionWrong Track
February 201058%25%
September 201061%24%
October 201068%21%
February 201159%27%
May 201150%34%
October 201161%27%
February 201263%21%
May 201260%27%
October 201269%20%
February 201357%25%
June 201363%22%
October 201353%27%
February 201458%27%
June 201461%29%
October 201460%24%
February 201567%18%
June 201570%17%
November 201560%26%
February 201661%22%
June 201661%22%
October 201661%23%
February 201776%10%
June 201776%12%
October 201771%18%
February 201876%12%
June 201879%9%
October 201883%9%
February 201979%10%
June 201977%12%
October 201975%14%
February 202080%10%
April 202071%15%
June 202072%16%
October 202070%19%
February 202159%23%
March 202163%26%
April 202165%23%
June 202164%21%
August 202156%31%
October 202168%20%
February 202263%25%
April 202261%28%
June 202252%36%
August 202259%28%
October 202265%22%
December 202266%21%
February 202359%27%
April 202362%26%
June 202357%27%
August 202356%33%
October 202354%30%
December 202356%30%
February 202461%25%
April 202459%29%
June 202461%27%

Direction of the U.S.

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Right direction42%16%8%
Wrong track41%69%88%
Don't know17%15%4%

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PollRight DirectionWrong Track
February 20108%87%
September 20104%93%
October 20107%87%
February 201115%76%
May 20117%85%
October 20112%94%
February 20125%91%
May 20129%91%
October 20124%89%
February 20139%88%
June 20138%86%
October 20135%91%
February 201410%84%
June 20147%86%
October 201411%85%
February 201513%77%
June 201512%78%
November 201511%85%
February 20167%88%
June 20166%90%
October 20164%91%
February 201768%19%
June 201762%26%
October 201749%41%
February 201869%20%
June 201873%16%
October 201879%16%
February 201966%25%
June 201969%21%
October 201965%24%
February 202079%18%
April 202069%22%
June 202054%33%
October 202054%34%
February 202111%82%
April 20217%88%
June 202111%81%
August 20217%90%
October 20216%92%
February 20226%91%
April 20228%88%
June 20229%90%
August 20227%90%
October 20228%90%
December 20228%88%
February 20237%91%
April 202312%85%
June 202310%88%
August 20237%91%
October 202310%85%
December 202312%85%
February 202411%85%
April 202414%82%
June 202411%86%

Texas economic conditions

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
A lot better off4%1%4%
Somewhat better off13%12%20%
About the same32%31%29%
Somewhat worse off31%31%28%
A lot worse off13%12%16%
Don't know8%13%3%

Opinion on Texas' population growth

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Good42%25%29%
Bad24%42%52%
Don’t have an opinion33%33%19%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Good28%36%26%
Bad57%40%54%
Don’t have an opinion15%23%19%

Perceptions of discrimination

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
African Americans89%58%42%
Asians79%60%53%
Transgender people89%57%44%
Muslims85%53%49%
Gays and Lesbians88%54%40%
Hispanics85%54%39%
Women81%46%40%
Christians19%35%67%
Whites11%33%62%
Men14%34%47%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
African Americans43%58%33%
Asians53%55%51%
Transgender people38%65%39%
Muslims49%59%45%
Gays and Lesbians39%58%33%
Hispanics41%48%34%
Women41%43%37%
Christians76%54%67%
Whites72%46%64%
Men56%38%45%

Influence of Parents on children's education

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Strongly agree34%14%14%
Somewhat agree30%23%28%
Somewhat disagree13%25%27%
Strongly disagree7%23%19%
Don’t know/No opinion16%16%12%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Strongly agree13%16%14%
Somewhat agree22%36%27%
Somewhat disagree32%21%26%
Strongly disagree20%13%20%
Don’t know/No opinion12%14%12%

Support for the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Strongly agree9%31%57%
Somewhat agree14%21%25%
Somewhat disagree23%22%10%
Strongly disagree44%13%4%
Don’t know/No opinion9%13%5%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Strongly agree55%42%64%
Somewhat agree28%30%20%
Somewhat disagree10%13%8%
Strongly disagree5%6%3%
Don’t know/No opinion2%10%5%

Amount of legal immigration

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Too many16%45%61%
Too few33%17%8%
About the right amount33%21%22%
Don’t know/No opinion18%18%9%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Too many52%56%68%
Too few11%11%5%
About the right amount24%22%21%
Don’t know/No opinion12%12%7%

Donald Trump favorability

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Very favorable2%14%53%
Somewhat favorable4%21%26%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable2%11%10%
Somewhat unfavorable6%11%6%
Very unfavorable84%40%4%
Don’t know/No opinion1%3%1%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Very favorable38%32%71%
Somewhat favorable29%40%19%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable15%14%5%
Somewhat unfavorable7%8%4%
Very unfavorable9%6%1%
Don’t know/No opinion1%1%0%

Greg Abbott job approval

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Approve strongly4%12%41%
Approve somewhat8%21%39%
Neither approve nor disapprove8%23%10%
Disapprove somewhat8%11%6%
Disapprove strongly71%30%4%
Don't know1%3%1%

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PollApproveDisapproveNeither/Don't Know
November 201570%8%23%
February 201669%8%23%
June 201673%7%21%
October 201675%5%21%
February 201780%5%15%
June 201783%8%10%
October 201779%5%14%
February 201881%5%14%
June 201880%7%14%
October 201889%4%8%
February 201983%6%10%
June 201984%4%12%
October 201979%6%15%
February 202084%8%12%
April 202088%6%7%
June 202083%7%9%
October 202081%13%7%
February 202179%10%11%
March 202179%13%8%
April 202177%13%10%
June 202177%12%11%
August 202173%18%9%
October 202179%15%6%
February 202274%14%12%
April 202280%10%11%
June 202278%11%12%
August 202280%12%8%
October 202286%8%6%
December 202287%6%8%
February 202383%7%10%
April 202379%9%12%
June 202381%10%8%
August 202381%11%8%
October 202379%10%11%
December 202378%10%12%
February 202483%8%10%
April 202485%8%8%
June 202482%8%10%

Greg Abbott job approval on issues

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Immigration & border security10%40%80%
The coronavirus/COVID-1912%33%76%
Voting & elections8%32%77%
Crime & public safety12%29%76%
The economy10%35%72%
Public education13%18%66%
The electric grid in Texas10%23%61%
Climate change7%19%52%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Immigration & border security75%70%86%
The coronavirus/COVID-1972%69%82%
Voting & elections72%63%85%
Crime & public safety75%62%85%
The economy66%59%82%
Public education61%51%76%
The electric grid in Texas54%55%68%
Climate change43%39%62%

Dan Patrick Job approval

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Approve strongly2%10%32%
Approve somewhat5%15%34%
Neither approve nor disapprove10%25%19%
Disapprove somewhat8%10%4%
Disapprove strongly65%25%4%
Don't know10%15%8%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Approve strongly24%19%42%
Approve somewhat40%32%32%
Neither approve nor disapprove11%32%17%
Disapprove somewhat7%0%3%
Disapprove strongly9%3%1%
Don't know9%14%4%

Dade Phelan job approval

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Approve strongly1%3%11%
Approve somewhat2%8%26%
Neither approve nor disapprove15%23%27%
Disapprove somewhat10%6%7%
Disapprove strongly41%20%4%
Don't know31%41%25%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Approve strongly12%5%13%
Approve somewhat26%21%27%
Neither approve nor disapprove28%36%24%
Disapprove somewhat9%3%7%
Disapprove strongly3%3%5%
Don't know23%32%24%

Joe Biden job approval

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Approve strongly41%3%1%
Approve somewhat38%15%5%
Neither approve nor disapprove7%18%6%
Disapprove somewhat9%11%7%
Disapprove strongly4%50%80%
Don't know1%3%0%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Approve strongly1%3%0%
Approve somewhat3%15%2%
Neither approve nor disapprove6%9%4%
Disapprove somewhat10%11%5%
Disapprove strongly80%61%89%
Don't know1%1%0%

Ted Cruz job approval

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SENCRUZApproveDisapproveNeither/Don't Know
Oct. 201575%12%14%
Feb. 201665%18%18%
Jun. 201660%21%20%
Oct. 201664%20%16%
Feb. 201767%13%20%
June 201770%13%18%
Oct. 201765%18%17%
Feb. 201882%12%15%
June 201874%9%18%
Oct. 201887%6%6%
Feb. 201983%7%10%
June 201981%7%12%
Oct. 201979%8%13%
Feb. 202080%10%11%
April 202081%6%14%
Jun. 202081%8%11%
Oct. 202085%8%7%
Feb. 202181%9%10%
Mar. 202178%12%10%
Apr. 202180%13%8%
June 202179%10%10%
Aug. 202177%10%13%
Oct. 202182%6%11%
Feb. 202270%12%18%
Apr. 202278%11%11%
June 202275%11%14%
Aug. 202278%11%11%
Oct. 202280%8%11%
Dec.202282%9%8%
Feb. 202378%10%13%
Apr. 202378%11%11%
June 202377%10%13%
Aug. 202375%12%12%
Oct. 202372%12%16%
Dec. 202375%11%14%
Feb. 202478%11%11%
Apr. 202478%8%14%
June 202479%11%11%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Approve strongly43%22%63%
Approve somewhat34%40%23%
Neither approve nor disapprove9%14%6%
Disapprove somewhat4%7%4%
Disapprove strongly8%11%2%
Don't know3%6%2%

John Cornyn job approval

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ApproveDisapproveNeither/Don't Know
November 201543%24%32%
February 201645%20%34%
June 201641%21%39%
October 201644%18%36%
February 201752%13%36%
June 201751%21%27%
October 201746%23%31%
February 201850%18%32%
June 201846%18%35%
October 201870%8%21%
February 201962%14%25%
June 201963%12%26%
October 201961%12%28%
February 202066%10%23%
April 202066%12%22%
June 202065%15%20%
October 202071%11%18%
February 202156%18%24%
March 202157%20%23%
April 202157%18%25%
June 202160%17%24%
August 202151%21%28%
October 202154%21%24%
February 202254%16%30%
April 202253%17%30%
June 202241%34%25%
August 202248%27%25%
October 202255%22%23%
December 202258%22%20%
February 202348%26%25%
April 202350%26%24%
June 202351%24%24%
August 202346%27%27%
October 202343%26%31%
December 202343%27%31%
February 202445%26%30%
April 202451%21%28%
June 202446%24%29%

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Approve strongly2%0%18%
Approve somewhat8%16%35%
Neither approve nor disapprove14%30%22%
Disapprove somewhat17%13%9%
Disapprove strongly48%26%8%
Don't know11%14%8%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Approve strongly13%9%25%
Approve somewhat31%37%37%
Neither approve nor disapprove23%26%19%
Disapprove somewhat14%9%7%
Disapprove strongly14%4%6%
Don't know5%15%7%

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