Second Reading Podcast: Unpacking Texans' reviews of legislative action on policy in the latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll

In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank sort through the crosscurrents in public opinion and how they are manifest in reviews of legislative action and inaction in the latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll. See below for the podcast link, links and graphics of some of the results that come up in the discussion, and a post focused on policy and issues published the day the poll results were made public. Many results get discussed in the podcast – to scroll through those results, start with the "Latest Poll" page, which lists links to graphics for most items on the poll.

Different looks at legisative job approval

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Approve strongly6%
Approve somewhat27%
Neither approve nor disapprove20%
Disapprove somewhat19%
Disapprove strongly21%
Don't know6%

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Approve strongly5%1%10%
Approve somewhat14%20%42%
Neither approve nor disapprove15%22%23%
Disapprove somewhat23%23%15%
Disapprove strongly39%22%6%
Don't know5%13%5%

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CategoryLean conservativeSomewhat conservativeExtremely conservative
Approve strongly2%12%11%
Approve somewhat35%36%45%
Neither approve nor disapprove18%29%19%
Disapprove somewhat26%15%14%
Disapprove strongly11%4%7%
Don't know8%4%4%

Legislature's handling of issues

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The Texas economy42%
Election & voting laws41%
Immigration / border security38%
Abortion policy38%
Water supply reliability37%
Crime / public safety36%
School safety35%
K-12 public education30%
Gun violence30%
Electricity grid reliability28%
Higher education28%
Political corruption / ethics28%
Property taxes25%
Mental health services25%

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The Texas economy23%32%63%
Election & voting laws20%29%61%
Immigration / border security18%31%62%
Abortion policy16%36%63%
Water supply reliability28%28%45%
Crime / public safety21%31%50%
School safety21%28%49%
K-12 public education23%19%36%
Gun violence15%25%47%
Electricity grid reliability19%20%39%
Higher education22%18%35%
Political corruption / ethics20%16%38%
Property taxes18%18%33%
Mental health services17%16%32%

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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