Second Reading Podcast: After UT/Texas Tribune Poll shows more than 80% of Texans wearing masks, Gov. Abbott rescinds mask requirement and lifts restrictions

In this week's Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss the lifting of statewide COVID restrictions by Governor Greg Abbott, and the public opinion context for his moves revealed by the just-released February 2021 UT/Texas Tribune Poll.

Below are results from two of the items from the February 2021 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll discussed in the podcast, on wearing masks and Texans' perceptions of the safety of various activities.

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categoryTotal
Go grocery shopping78%
Get a haircut66%
Go to work65%
Stay in a hotel62%
Eat at a restaurant55%
Send your child to school55%
Attend church48%
Go to a shopping mall48%
Fly on an airplane40%
Event at an outdoor stadium40%
Go to a movie theater38%
Go to a gym or health club37%
Go to a bar or club30%
Event at an indoor arena29%

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Go grocery shopping66%81%88%
Get a haircut49%64%83%
Go to work45%62%84%
Stay in a hotel45%63%76%
Eat at a restaurant29%56%77%
Send your child to school31%54%77%
Attend church17%47%75%
Go to a shopping mall21%57%70%
Fly on an airplane21%46%55%
Event at an outdoor stadium17%41%60%
Go to a movie theater14%38%60%
Go to a gym or health club12%39%59%
Go to a bar or club7%29%51%
Event at an indoor arena7%27%48%

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Yes88%
No12%

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CategoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Yes98%81%81%
No2%19%19%

About the Second Reading podcast. The podcast has been produced intermittently by Jim Henson for the Texas Politics Project, with production support from UT's Liberal Arts Development Studio, since 2016. You can find past episodes and subscribe to the Second Reading podcast in Apple PodcastsSpotify,  and Stitcher.

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