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Public Opinion Context for the One and Only Texas Gubernatorial Debate

September 30, 2022
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

The gubernatorial debate between incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto ORourke in McAllen, Texas is likely to be the only time the two candidates will share a stage in the 2022 campaign. The University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll has been exploring Texas attitudes related to the candidates and the broader context of the election over the last year, and got into extensive detail in our most recent poll, which was conducted from August 26-September 6. To provide context for tonight’s debate, we’ve gathered several results that illustrate how Texans view each of the candidates, their comparative levels of trust on the major issues emerging in the campaign, and more. This post is built for browsing 

Second Reading Podcast: A conversation with state reporters about the 2022 elections in Georgia, Nevada, Ohio & Pennsylvania

September 26, 2022
By: 
Jim Henson

In a special Second Reading Podcast, listen to a panel recorded at the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival last weekend with reporters covering the 2022 elections in four of the most competitive states in the country – Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Jim Henson talked with Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent, Greg Bluestein of The Atlanta Journal-Constituiton, Andy Chow, Statehouse correspondent for Ohio's NPR and PBS stations, and Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA about the dynamics in these four key states in a panel recorded Saturday September 24 at this year's Tribfest in Austin.

Second Reading Podcast: The 2022 election in Texas through the lens of issue attitudes in the latest UT/Texas Politics Project Poll

September 21, 2022
By: 
Texas Politics Project

In a new Second Reading Podcast,  Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss results from the recent University of Texas/Texas Politics Poll on issues in the Texas gubernatorial election in November, including abortion, border security, the economy, gun safety and the Robb Elementary shooting, and more. 

New UT/Texas Politics Project Poll: Abbott maintains 45%-40% lead over O’Rourke; 52% support busing migrants out of Texas

September 14, 2022
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

The latest University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll finds Gov. Greg Abbott sustaining a polling lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, 45%-40%, albeit one that has narrowed as the gubernatorial campaign enters its final and most public phase. Beyond the top lines of the gubernatorial trial ballot, the poll results illuminate an election environment in which the gubernatorial contest between Abbott and O’Rourke is the most competitive race for the office Texas has seen in decades. Yet the results also reveal the advantages Abbott still enjoys among the Texas electorate, and the significant obstacles O’Rourke still faces in putting together a coalition of voters capable of overcoming the advantages, political and structural, that Abbott enjoys.

Availability of Abortion (August 2022)

Respondents were asked, "What is your opinion on the availability of abortion?"

Should Abortion Laws be More or Less Strict? (August 2022)

Respondents were asked, "Do you think that abortion laws in Texas should be made more strict, less strict, or left as they are now?"

Approve/Disapprove: The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and leave abortion policy up to the states (August 2022)

Respondents were asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and leave abortion policy in the U.S. up to the states?"

Approve/Disapprove of laws designed to: Expand legal access to abortion services (August 2022)

Respondents were asked, "As you may know, Texas law now only allows abortion to save the life of a pregnant women or to prevent “substantial impairment of major bodily function.” Would you approve or disapprove of Texas enacting policies designed to...Expand legal access to abortion services."

Approve/Disapprove of laws designed to: Dedicate more state resources to enforcing the state’s ban on abortion (August 2022)

Respondents were asked, "As you may know, Texas law now only allows abortion to save the life of a pregnant women or to prevent “substantial impairment of major bodily function.” Would you approve or disapprove of Texas enacting policies designed to...Dedicate more state resources to enforcing the state’s ban on abortion."

Approve/Disapprove of laws designed to: Prevent women from accessing abortion in states where abortion is still legal (August 2022)

Respondents were asked, "As you may know, Texas law now only allows abortion to save the life of a pregnant women or to prevent “substantial impairment of major bodily function.” Would you approve or disapprove of Texas enacting policies designed to...Prevent women from accessing abortion in states where abortion is still legal."

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