The Second Reading Podcast: A Primary Challenger for the Governor While the Texas House Responds to the Pandemic

In this week’s Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson & Josh Blank consider State Senator Don Huffines’ just-announced primary challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott as an entry point to a larger discussion of axes of conflict among Texas Republicans. This topic leads to a discussion of the institutional politics underlying the version of House Bill 3 passed by the Texas House this week, which tinkered with the checks and balances in the Texas Constitution when it comes to powers during a pandemic.

The podcast included reference to a few recent poll results – you’ll find graphics of some of them below the podcast link.

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Strongly support23%
Somewhat support22%
Somewhat oppose20%
Strongly oppose18%
Don’t know18%

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Strongly support67%50%56%
Somewhat support17%18%21%
Neither support nor oppose10%13%12%
Somewhat oppose1%0%3%
Strongly oppose1%2%3%
Don’t know/No opinion4%17%5%

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PollApproveDisapproveNeither/Don't Know
November 201542%29%28%
February 201641%29%30%
June 201642%31%27%
October 201642%33%25%
February 201745%33%23%
June 201745%38%16%
October 201748%33%19%
February 201846%31%23%
June 201847%36%18%
October 201852%32%17%
February 201951%32%17%
June 201951%31%18%
October 201952%28%21%
February 202048%34%18%
April 202056%32%13%
June 202049%39%13%
October 202047%40%14%
February 202146%39%15%
March 202145%43%11%
April 202143%45%13%
June 202144%44%11%
August 202141%50%9%
October 202143%48%10%
February 202244%42%15%
April 202247%41%13%
June 202243%46%12%
August 202246%44%10%
October 202247%44%9%
December 202249%41%8%
February 202346%43%12%
April 202346%41%12%
June 202347%42%12%
August 202345%45%10%
October 202349%40%10%
December 202348%41%11%
February 202453%37%10%

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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