The Second Reading Podcast: Some Political Implications of Texas Attitudes in the Texas Politics Project/UT Energy Institute Poll on the February Winter Storm

In this week's Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss some of the political implications of the results if a poll that explored Texans' experiences during the February winter storm and the resulting energy infrastructure failures, and their attititudes toward causes, effects, and proposed solutions. For more information about the poll, see the April 1, 2021 blog post, which contains links to a poll summary, crosstabs and hundreds of graphics of results.

Below are results from some of the items from the March 2021 Texas Politics Project/UT Energy Institute Poll discussed in the podcast,

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Electricity interruption66%
Water service interruption54%
Damage to your home21%
Natural gas service interruption13%
Damage to your vehicle8%


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Your local government47%
Governor Greg Abbott41%
Senator Ted Cruz31%
The Texas Legislature28%
Senator John Cornyn26%
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC)12%
Railroad Commission of Texas12%
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)8%

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Texas Railroad Commission39%
Public Utility Commission of Texas38%
Texas Department of Agriculture4%
Texas Department of Public Safety2%
Don’t know17%

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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