Abortion

New UT/Texas Politics Project Poll: As primary voting begins, Texans see a crisis on the border

February 19, 2024
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

This post focuses on results from an extensive battery of immigration and border security results, then presents an overview of highlights from the February 2024 University of Texas / Texas Politics Project Poll. A majority of Texas voters support making it harder for migrants fleeing violence in their home countries to seek asylum in the U.S., while majorities also support many of the controversial measures undertaken by Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature in response to the situation at the southern border that have received significant national attention this winter, according to the February 2024 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll. The 59% of Texas voters who favor making it harder for migrants fleeing violence in their home countries to seek asylum in the U.S. includes nearly three quarters of Republicans (71%) and nearly half of Democratic voters (48%). 

Issues, endorsements, and ideology: The public opinion context for the Texas primaries

February 19, 2024
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

The 2024 primary elections in Texas are among the most contested and the most heated of any legislative primaries since the establishment of the near-monopoly of state government after the Republican sweep of the 2002 elections. Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick have all waded into GOP primary contests with endorsements, campaign resources, and very hot rhetoric in multiple House races, opposing an unprecedented number of Republican incumbents.

Texas views on abortion, the economy, and guns from the February 2024 UT/Texas Politics Project Poll

February 19, 2024
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

Policy questions included in the February 2024 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll focused mostly on subjects that previous polls and observation of the campaigns have suggested are issues most likely to be salient in the 2024 election campaigns.

Share in Support of Legal Access to Abortion by Circumstance (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "In each of the following circumstances, how much time do you think a woman should have to obtain a legal abortion?"

Share in Support of a Complete Ban on Abortion by Circumstance (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "In each of the following circumstances, how much time do you think a woman should have to obtain a legal abortion?"

Should abortion laws be more or less strict (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "Do you think that each of the following should be made more strict, less strict, or left as they are now in Texas? Abortion laws."

How much time should a woman have to obtain a legal abortion: The woman’s health is seriously endangered (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "In each of the following circumstances, how much time do you think a woman should have to obtain a legal abortion? The woman’s health is seriously endangered."

How much time should a woman have to obtain a legal abortion: The woman became pregnant as a result of rape (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "In each of the following circumstances, how much time do you think a woman should have to obtain a legal abortion? The woman became pregnant as a result of rape."

How much time should a woman have to obtain a legal abortion: The woman became pregnant as a result of incest (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "In each of the following circumstances, how much time do you think a woman should have to obtain a legal abortion? The woman became pregnant as a result of incest."

How much time should a woman have to obtain a legal abortion: There is a strong chance of a serious birth defect (February 2024)

Respondents were asked, "In each of the following circumstances, how much time do you think a woman should have to obtain a legal abortion? There is a strong chance of a serious birth defect."

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