Second Reading Podcast: A debate, bussing, and a warrant is executed at Mar-A-Lago

In a new Second Reading Podcast, James Henson & Joshua Blank talk about some political developments in Texas this week, the nasty reactions to the execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago (including from Texas officeholders), and how it all points yet again to the troubled state of politics in the United States.

Some snapshots of data referenced in the podcast

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Very favorable26%
Somewhat favorable16%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable9%
Somewhat unfavorable7%
Very unfavorable41%
Don't know/No opinion2%

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CategoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Approve strongly40%29%54%
Approve somewhat34%43%23%
Neither approve nor disapprove8%12%11%
Disapprove somewhat12%5%5%
Disapprove strongly4%9%6%
Don't know3%1%2%

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More political violence64%
Less political violence8%
The same amount of political violence17%
Don't know/No opinion11%


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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