With Dan Patrick Expected to Announce Re-Election Bid, Some Polling Numbers

Dan Patrick is expected to announce his intent to run for re-election today. He's had a busy four years since emerging from a strong GOP Primary field that included two statewide elected officials and another state senator in addition to Patrick. After quickly consolidating power with rule changes in 2015, he hasn't shied away from taking controversial, but no doubt conservative stands on issues like vouchers and transgender bathroom access, and was first to jump from Cruz to Trump among high profile Texas Republicans. As Patrick seeks another two chances at the Texas Senate gavel, here's a look at where he stands among the Texas electorate. To acknowledge the subtext of Patrick's expected announcement, Greg Abbott's numbers have been placed below Patrick's for comparison.  

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Approve strongly12%
Approve somewhat19%
Neither approve nor disapprove20%
Disapprove somewhat9%
Disapprove strongly22%
Don't know18%

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Approve strongly1%7%23%
Approve somewhat6%16%33%
Neither approve nor disapprove21%23%19%
Disapprove somewhat10%11%7%
Disapprove strongly42%28%3%
Don't know20%16%15%

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categoryLeaning conservativeSomewhat conservativeExtremely conservative
Approve strongly9%20%42%
Approve somewhat24%42%29%
Neither approve nor disapprove30%15%13%
Disapprove somewhat16%8%3%
Disapprove strongly9%3%2%
Don't know13%12%11%

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categoryDemocratRepublicanTea Party
Approve strongly1%19%32%
Approve somewhat6%27%38%
Neither approve nor disapprove20%22%17%
Disapprove somewhat8%11%7%
Disapprove strongly46%6%1%
Don't know19%15%4%

And, for comparison:

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Approve strongly21%
Approve somewhat21%
Neither approve nor disapprove17%
Disapprove somewhat10%
Disapprove strongly23%
Don't know8%

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Approve strongly1%10%42%
Approve somewhat11%21%33%
Neither approve nor disapprove18%21%14%
Disapprove somewhat16%13%3%
Disapprove strongly46%26%2%
Don't know8%8%7%

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categoryLeaning conservativeSomewhat conservativeExtremely conservative
Approve strongly24%36%60%
Approve somewhat35%42%23%
Neither approve nor disapprove24%9%10%
Disapprove somewhat7%5%1%
Disapprove strongly7%2%5%
Don't know3%5%1%

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categoryDemocratRepublicanTea Party
Approve strongly1%40%47%
Approve somewhat10%28%35%
Neither approve nor disapprove18%20%6%
Disapprove somewhat13%5%10%
Disapprove strongly48%5%1%
Don't know9%2%1%