Second Reading Podcast: Data points to close out 2022 – and look toward 2023

In a new Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank look at several data points from Texas Politics Project polling to wrap up 2022 and anticipate dynamics in Texas politics in 2023. For a taste of what's in the podcast, see the links below the player.

Some data points and context disussed in the podcast

60%: The share of Republican voters who said immigration and the border was the issue most important to their vote in the 2022 general election. In the same October poll, only 11% of Republicans said Texas spent "too much" state revenue on border security.

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Immigration / border1%25%60%
State economy9%21%18%
Gun violence16%3%2%
Environment / climate change13%9%1%
Health care10%5%1%
Voting & elections9%3%3%
Property taxes1%8%4%
The state's electric grid7%4%2%
Public education3%4%1%
Public safety5%0%4%

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Too little13%32%45%
Too much51%32%11%
About the right amount17%16%33%
Don't know/No opinion20%20%11%

52%: The share of Republicans who said in our April 2022 poll that population growth is bad for the state. Overall, only 34% said population growth was good for the state.

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Don’t have an opinion27%

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Don’t have an opinion33%33%19%

50%: The share of Republicans who disagree with same-sex marriage being legal in Texas. Overall, 53% of Texans agree it should be legal.

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Agree, should be legal53%
Disagree, should not be legal32%
Don't know/No opinion15%

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Agree, should be legal78%51%35%
Disagree, should not be legal11%28%50%
Don't know/No opinion12%21%16%

20%: The share of Texans who approved of how state leaders and the Texas Legislature handled property Texas in October 2021, after the conclusion of the marathon 2021 session that included three special sessions. Among Texans overall, ratings were only lower for handling of the electric grid and foster care.

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2nd Am. rights46%
Election & voting laws43%
Public safety42%
Immigration/border security41%
Gun violence35%
Transgender students in schools28%
K-12 education26%
Property taxes20%
Electric grid18%
Foster care15%

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Approve strongly7%
Approve somewhat13%
Neither approve nor disapprove22%
Disapprove somewhat20%
Disapprove strongly26%
Don’t know/No opinion12%


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 on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.


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