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Second Reading Podcast: Where Texans go for political news

| By: Texas Politics Project

In the latest Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank look at recent University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll results on Texans' news and social media habits, and patterns in their use and attitudes toward different social media platforms.

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A Snapshot of Media and Social Media Use Among Texas Voters

| By: Joshua Blank

In December 2022, we asked which media they used as a source for news in the previous week. Then in February 2023, we followed up with more specific questions about use of different social media platforms, and voters’ views of them. Below, we break down those results, and look into the different media ecosystems of the state’s Republican and Democratic voters.

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Second Reading Podcast: Let's talk about uncertainty

| By: Texas Politics Project

In the latest Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss the sources of uncertainty in the present stage of a very active legislative session in Texas.

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Second Reading Podcast: Budget Day is Coming + other developments in the Texas Legislature

| By: Texas Politics Project

In the latest Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss Texas attitudes on spending in advance of the budget bill hitting the floor of the House this week, and consider broader dynamics at work in a couple of recent telling events as the session unfolds.

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Seven Observations about Texas Public Opinion on Public Education

| By: Joshua Blank

With the public education agenda packed during this year’s legislative session, below are some general observations about Texas voters’ attitudes toward and about the state’s public education system from over 10 years of University of Texas Polling.

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Second Reading Podcast: Coalitional Politics as the 88th Legislature Heats Up

| By: Texas Politics Project

In the latest Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss how the attitudes of different elements of the majority Republcan coalition are likely to impact the movement of legislation, or lack thereof,  in hot-button areas as the legislature heats up.

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Donald Trump Rallies in Waco as Indictments and 2024 Primary Challenges Loom

| By: Jim Henson and Josh Blank

In advance of Trump’s planned campaign kick-off in Waco, Texas, we have gathered some polling data to provide context for how Texans – most importantly Texas Republicans and independents – view the former president before his high profile visit. Overall, Trump appears to have retained the high regard of Texas Republicans, albeit amidst signs of some dampening enthusiasm. But large swathes of GOP voters remain not just positively inclined toward him; they also continue to believe the mythology surrounding his loss in 2020, and remain focused on the grievances that fed his takeover of the Republican Party in the 2016 election.

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Second Reading Podcast: Texans' views of Donald Trump as the ex-president makes a campaign stop in Waco

| By: Texas Politics Project

In the latest Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank look at Texans' views of Donald Trump in Texas Politics Project polling in advance of a campaign stop in Waco by the ex-president this weekend.

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Recoding School Choice as a Parental Right

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

Results from the February 2023 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll provides evidence of how the pandemic, the wide propagation of the trope of “woke education,” and the patterns in the state’s rapid population growth have converged to sharpen the terms of long-fought battles, while also shifting the terrain upon which these battles are being fought.  The current surge in rhetoric and political action based on notions like “parental rights” and the prevalence of “woke education” have provided potential means for overcoming the resistance of a sizable faction of Republican legislators and the demonstrated ambivalence of voters toward state support for private education that “school choice” advocates have historically been unable to overcome in the legislature. 

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Texas Attitudes on Spending as the 88th Legislature Considers Its Next Budget

| By: Joshua Blank and Jim Henson

With the Texas Legislature debating what should be done with the state's unprecented budget surplus, the February 2023 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll included a large array of questions on government spending and policy priorities similar to a battery run at the beginning of the prior session. As we described last time, "The goal of the large battery on spending in our early session poll is to check in on Texans’ attitudes toward state spending in broad issue areas. It doesn’t assume the existence of specific spending proposals nor of well-informed or developed attitudes on the part of the respondents. Rather, these items provide something of a heat check on Texans’ dispositions toward areas of public policy that are contenders for finite resources in the process." 

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