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Inside the Texas Poll Looking at Abbott, Davis and Obama

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Texans will be asking themselves a lot of questions come November, when Texas heads into its general elections. Between the battle for governorship, an indictment, and growing concerns over immigration, Texan’s have a lot on their plate.

So where does the average Texan stand in the middle of the political whirlwind? Texas Standard’s David Brown speaks with University of Texas associate professor Darren Shaw, who conducted a poll on behalf of the non-partisan Texas Lyceum group. So after the numbers have been tallied, what do the polls show us?

Abbot has a lead, but Davis is doing better than most Texas Democrats have recently.

“For a challenger, for a Democrat, she’s well known. She and Abbot are about the same level when it comes to name recognition … I don’t know if she’s in striking distance, but she’s doing a little better than one might expect," Shaw says. 

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Gov. Perry’s approval is relatively unchanged – even with an indictment.

“You would think that would bring a lot of baggage," Shaw says. "Maybe its that we’ve all made up our minds on Rick Perry a long time ago, and there just isn’t that much movement there.”

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Texans disapprove of President Obama – but no more so than the rest of the nation.

“He’s a little underwater, but that’s still very comparable to the national numbers, and Texas is by reputation, indeed a deep red conservative state.” 

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Texans worry about immigration, while the rest of the nation worries about the economy.

“[Nationally] the economy kind of dominates, but at the state level people are focusing on immigration and border security. Which I find really interesting given that we’re still going through this slow recession – slow recovery. "

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See the entire results here.

David entered radio journalism thanks to a love of storytelling, an obsession with news, and a desire to keep his hair long and play in rock bands. An inveterate political junkie with a passion for pop culture and the romance of radio, David has reported from bases in Washington, London, Los Angeles, and Boston for Monitor Radio and for NPR, and has anchored in-depth public radio documentaries from India, Brazil, and points across the United States and Europe. He is, perhaps, known most widely for his work as host of public radio's Marketplace. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to Texas full-time in 2005, Brown joined the staff of KUT, launching the award-winning cultural journalism unit "Texas Music Matters."
Rhonda joined KUT in late 2013 as producer for the station's new daily news program, Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.
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