Second Reading Podcast: A look at results of the October 2022 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll

In a new Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson, Josh Blank, and Daron Shaw discuss the University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll, which was conducted October 7-17, 2022. See below for some of the results from the poll that are discussed in the podcast.

Issue most important to Texans' vote

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Immigration / border32%
State economy14%
Gun violence9%
Environment / climate change6%
Health care5%
Voting & elections5%
Property taxes3%
The state's electric grid4%
Public education2%
Public safety4%

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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%

Beto O'Rourke favorability ratings (likely voters)

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Very favorable31%
Somewhat favorable12%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable4%
Somewhat unfavorable2%
Very unfavorable50%
Don't know/No opinion1%

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Very favorable70%11%3%
Somewhat favorable22%14%3%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable3%11%3%
Somewhat unfavorable1%8%2%
Very unfavorable2%56%89%
Don't know/No opinion2%0%1%

Greg Abbott favorability ratings (lkely voters)

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Very favorable31%
Somewhat favorable19%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable5%
Somewhat unfavorable6%
Very unfavorable38%
Don't know/No opinion0%

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Very favorable4%15%57%
Somewhat favorable2%28%31%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable2%14%5%
Somewhat unfavorable6%19%5%
Very unfavorable86%23%2%
Don't know/No opinion0%0%0%

Gubernatorial trial ballott (likely voters)

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Greg Abbott40%54%72%
Beto O'Rourke55%43%25%
Mark Tippets1%0%1%
Delilah Barrios1%0%0%
Someone else3%2%2%

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Greg Abbott59%49%
Beto O'Rourke38%47%
Mark Tippets1%0%
Delilah Barrios0%1%
Someone else1%3%

How much have you heard about Ken Paxton's legal and problems?

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A lot20%
Not very much26%
Nothing at all16%

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A lot30%12%14%
Not very much21%29%31%
Nothing at all13%27%15%

How much have you heard about the number of migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border?

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A lot56%
Not very much11%
Nothing at all4%

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A lot40%48%76%
Not very much16%13%4%
Nothing at all5%3%2%


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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