Second Reading Podcast: A Conversation with Ross Ramsey about Donald Trump and the Texas GOP

In the latest Second Reading podcast, Jim Henson talks with Ross Ramsey, co-founder and former executive editor of The Texas Tribune, about the reverberations in Texas of Donald Trump's presumed return as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024.

Touchstones from the latest Second Reading podcast

Some polling results mentioned in the podcast

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categoryFavorableUnfavorableNeither/Don't know
Nov. 201554%31%12%
Feb. 201647%41%10%
June 201653%32%13%
Oct. 201660%30%10%
Feb. 201781%12%6%
Oct. 202085%12%4%
Feb. 202185%9%7%
June 202186%8%5%
Oct. 202182%12%6%
Feb. 202280%13%7%
Apr. 202279%10%10%
June 202276%12%11%
Aug. 202276%14%9%
Oct. 202282%9%9%
Dec. 202275%17%9%
Feb. 202379%12%10%
Apr. 202378%16%6%
June 202376%16%8%
Aug. 202379%15%7%
Dec. 202380%13%8%
Feb. 202483%12%5%
Apr. 202484%10%6%

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PollApproveDisapproveNeither/Don't know
February 201781%10%8%
June 201780%13%7%
October 201778%15%7%
February 201883%11%5%
June 201887%7%6%
October 201888%7%4%
February 201988%8%5%
June 201988%8%5%
October 201988%8%5%
February 202087%9%4%
April 202090%7%3%
June 202086%8%6%
October 202090%8%2%

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Approve strongly5%1%16%
Approve somewhat12%15%27%
Neither approve nor disapprove14%26%22%
Disapprove somewhat19%15%15%
Disapprove strongly41%30%12%
Don't know9%13%9%

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Border security3%20%37%
Inflation/rising prices11%11%9%
Political corruption/leadership20%13%2%
The economy6%7%5%
Gun control/gun violence9%5%1%

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Very favorable3%8%26%
Somewhat favorable10%23%36%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable12%10%19%
Somewhat unfavorable7%15%7%
Very unfavorable65%33%5%
Don't know/No opinion4%11%6%

Other references from the podcast:

Patrick Svitek, "Once hesitant, Texas Republicans have united behind Donald Trump once again," The Texas Tribune, 6 February 2024

Jim Henson, "Guest Column: Immigration, Perry and a Divided GOP," The Texas Tribune, 27 July 2011

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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