Second Reading Podcast: Week One of the Paxton Trial + new UT/TxPP Polling on Border Security, Public Education

In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank review the first week of the impeachment trial of suspended attorney general Ken Paxton, and take a quick look at key results in the August 2023 UT/Texas Politics Project Poll.

Results from the August 2023 UT/Texas Politics Project Poll discussed in the podcast

The share of Texans who reported having heard "a lot" about "the legal problems of Attorney General Ken Paxton" increased was only 20% right before the 2022 general election. It increased to 31% by June 2023, after he was impeached by the Texas House.

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A lot31%
Not very much19%
Nothing at all13%

Texas views of the placement of buoys in the Rio Grande

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Strongly support38%
Somewhat support14%
Somewhat oppose9%
Strongly oppose31%
Don't know/No opinion7%

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Strongly support6%38%73%
Somewhat support12%13%15%
Somewhat oppose12%8%7%
Strongly oppose62%28%3%
Don't know/No opinion8%13%2%

Public education issues

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Extremely important60%
Very important24%
Somewhat important8%
Not very important3%
Not important2%
Don't know/No opinion3%

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Extremely important62%60%61%
Very important24%14%26%
Somewhat important7%14%7%
Not very important3%2%3%
Not important1%3%1%
Don't know/No opinion2%8%2%

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Extremely important26%
Very important22%
Somewhat important20%
Not very important10%
Not important15%
Don't know/No opinion9%

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Extremely important17%31%34%
Very important17%15%27%
Somewhat important20%20%20%
Not very important13%8%6%
Not important25%13%7%
Don't know/No opinion8%13%6%

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Extremely important25%49%65%
Very important24%18%20%
Somewhat important25%12%8%
Not very important11%8%4%
Not important13%3%1%
Don't know/No opinion3%10%2%

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Extremely important64%39%30%
Very important23%25%32%
Somewhat important9%16%24%
Not very important2%5%7%
Not important1%7%4%
Don't know/No opinion1%8%3%

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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