Keyword: 87th Legislature

The national media are focused on Texas politics again – but what are Texas voters paying attention to?

| By: Joshua Blank and Jim Henson

It’s hard not to be struck by the spike in political stories coming out of Texas making national news, and we shouldn’t expect the national spotlight to stop shining on the state any time soon.

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Texas Public Opinion and the agenda for the third special session of the Texas Legislature

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation calling for the third special session of the 87th Texas Legislature Tuesday afternoon, adding four items to the agenda in addition to the expected focus on redistricting, and setting September 20 for the legislature’s return. n addition to the Constitutionally mandated drawing of new district maps for the U.S. House of Representatives, the state legislature, and the State Board of Education, Abbott called on the legislature to consider and act on allocating federal COVID relief funds, “disallowing” students from competing in UIL athletics “designated for the sex opposite to the student’s sex at birth,” prohibiting COVID-19 vaccination mandates, and the dog abuse bill that the governor vetoed after the regular session. We’ve compiled results of recent polling to provide the public opinion context for all but one of the issues on the governor’s call. 

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New UT/Texas Politics Project Poll finds Texans dour and deeply divided

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

The latest University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll finds Texans in a dour mood colored by a resurgent COVID-19 virus, an economy recovering yet roiled by its impact, and state politics driven by increasingly entrenched and in many instances extreme partisanship, which is being accentuated by the Republican monopoly on state government. Texans expressed more worry about the surging pandemic and its effects than in June, and gave Governor Abbott the lowest job approval rating of his tenure in office. A majority – 52% –  said the state is headed in the wrong direction, the worst assessment of the direction of the state since the inception of this polling project in 2008.

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A Note on Texas’ Quorum Requirements and Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Request for a Special Session Call

The Deeply Polarized Public Opinion Context of Texas House Democrats’ Flight to D.C. to Obstruct GOP Voting Laws

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

we’ve gathered some recent polling results that illustrate (yet again) deep divisions along partisan lines related to almost all aspects of voting. We start with results from University of Texas/Texas Tribune polling conducted during the session on specific proposals, some of which were in the late, not very lamented SB 7, and which have been resurrected in the new voting bills passed out of committees in the House and Senate over the weekend. We’ve also included results that illustrate those same stark, partisan divisions in attitudes and beliefs about how elections worked in 2020, how they worked in Texas, specifically, and dispositions about what needs to be done in the realm of election laws. 

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It's a snap: A compilation of Texas attitudes on voting and elections as the GOP elections bill enters the endgame

| By: Jim Henson

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.

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Job approval data from Speaker Phelan’s first term + historical Speaker approval ratings from the Texas Politics Project data archive

| By: Jim Henson

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. 

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Second Reading Podcast: A conversation with James Barragán about the 87th Texas Legislature

The Second Reading Podcast: A Primary Challenger for the Governor While the Texas House Responds to the Pandemic

With their approval numbers sagging, Texas GOP leaders double down on their primary voters

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

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.

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