Abortion

Abortion should be possible if the woman is not married and does not want to marry (October 2021)

Respondents were asked, "Please tell us whether or not you think it should be possible for a pregnant woman to obtain a legal abortion if...She is not married and does not want to marry the man."

Abortion should be possible if the woman is married and does not want any more children (October 2021)

Respondents were asked, "Please tell us whether or not you think it should be possible for a pregnant woman to obtain a legal abortion if...She is married and does not want any more children."

Support or oppose allowing any individual the right to sue anyone they believe helped someone obtain an illegal abortion (October 2021)

Respondents were asked, "Do you support or oppose allowing any individual to sue people they believe helped someone obtain an abortion in violation of state law?"

Tepid reviews for the red-hot legislative agenda in latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll results

November 8, 2021
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

The second batch of results from the October 2021 UT/Texas Tribune Poll were released by The Texas Tribune Monday in stories by James Barragan on Texans’ judgments of their elected officials actions on issues discussed during the legislative session as well as other policy questions, and a piece by Abby Livingston on Texans’ views of the jobs Texas’ U.S. Senators are doing as well as chief executives’ handling of key political issues (COVID-19, the economy, and immigration and border security). 

Second Reading Podcast: A look at the output and implications of the 87th Texas Legislature

October 20, 2021
By: 
Texas Politics Project

The third special session of the Texas legislature adjourned sine die Monday after a long, contentious year.

The Second Reading Podcast: How Far Right is Too Far for the Texas GOP?

September 29, 2021
By: 
Jim Henson

In this week's Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank ponder a question hovering over the transition from the legislative session to the 2022 election in Texas: how far to the right is too far for the Texas GOP?

An Overview of Abortion Attitudes in Texas: Four Things to Know

September 28, 2021
By: 
Joshua Blank

The reasons for the Texas GOP’s leap forward on abortion restirctions after a decade of chipping away at access are likely many, and worthy of their own piece of analysis, but looking ahead to the next set of Texas elections in 2022, the sudden change in the reproductive health landscape begs the question: where do Texas voters stand on abortion?

Texas Efforts to Curtail Abortion Access May Soon Test Public Tolerance

August 25, 2021
By: 
Joshua Blank
Jim Henson

If the repeated results on proposals like banning abortion after 6-weeks suggest a high tolerance for regulating abortion, voluminous and long-standing results are even more clear in illustrating that a majority of Texans do not want to ban abortion outright.

Texas Public Opinion and the Agenda for the Second Special Session of the Legislature

August 6, 2021
By: 
Jim Henson
Joshua Blank

The uncertain date of the return of the renegade House Democrats to Austin make the fate of this agenda unclear at the moment, but we do have a lot of polling data to give us a sense of public opinion on most, though not all, of the agenda proffered by the Governor.

State Leaders and Legislative Approval: Handling of Abortion policy (June 2021)

Respondents were asked, "Still thinking about the legislative session, do you approve or disapprove of how state leaders and the Legislature have handled each of the following in Texas? Abortion policy"

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