Second Reading Podcast: Beto O'Rourke's rural strategy

In a new Second Reading Podcast, James Henson & Joshua Blank assess the potential impact of Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke's campaign efforts in rural parts of the state.

The conversation in the podcast referenced multiple sources of election and polling data. Below are some snapshots of data referenced in the podcast. Some of the graphics below are cut directly from working notebooks, so lack styling. Please contact us with any questions about the data presented below.

Compliations of party identification among rural Texans in Texas Politics Project polling.

Summary statistics for party identification among rural respondents in Texas Politics Project polls, February 2015- June 2022.

Greg Abbott job approval in June 2022 compared to Ted Cruz in June 2018.

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Approve strongly21%
Approve somewhat18%
Neither approve nor disapprove13%
Disapprove somewhat8%
Disapprove strongly33%
Don't know7%

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Approve strongly18%
Approve somewhat25%
Neither approve nor disapprove11%
Disapprove somewhat9%
Disapprove strongly37%
Don't know1%

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Approve strongly2%10%42%
Approve somewhat7%7%32%
Neither approve nor disapprove10%24%11%
Disapprove somewhat9%12%6%
Disapprove strongly65%31%3%
Don't know6%15%7%

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Approve strongly2%15%33%
Approve somewhat4%12%44%
Neither approve nor disapprove7%17%11%
Disapprove somewhat7%17%8%
Disapprove strongly79%38%3%
Don't know0%2%1%

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Approve strongly14%24%27%
Approve somewhat15%17%24%
Neither approve nor disapprove16%10%14%
Disapprove somewhat9%6%11%
Disapprove strongly38%35%18%
Don't know8%7%6%

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Approve strongly17%17%24%
Approve somewhat21%24%31%
Neither approve nor disapprove11%11%10%
Disapprove somewhat7%10%10%
Disapprove strongly44%38%24%
Don't know0%1%1%

Favorability ratings of Beto O'Rourke from June 2018 and June 2022.

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Very favorable22%
Somewhat favorable15%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable16%
Somewhat unfavorable8%
Very unfavorable16%
Don't know/no opinion24%

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Very favorable22%
Somewhat favorable19%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable9%
Somewhat unfavorable5%
Very unfavorable40%
Don't know/No opinion4%

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Very favorable48%9%3%
Somewhat favorable25%18%5%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable11%22%18%
Somewhat unfavorable2%7%14%
Very unfavorable2%17%29%
Don't know/no opinion14%28%32%

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Very favorable50%10%3%
Somewhat favorable33%16%6%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable7%19%8%
Somewhat unfavorable4%6%6%
Very unfavorable2%40%74%
Don't know/No opinion4%10%3%

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Very favorable28%22%15%
Somewhat favorable18%15%9%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable16%15%15%
Somewhat unfavorable6%8%9%
Very unfavorable11%17%20%
Don't know/no opinion20%23%32%

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Very favorable26%24%12%
Somewhat favorable25%17%13%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable10%9%8%
Somewhat unfavorable6%6%3%
Very unfavorable29%41%57%
Don't know/No opinion4%4%7%

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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