May 19, 2022

Ross Ramsey: Texas voters and political candidates are not on the same page | Columnists

Former President Trump remains one of the most polarizing figures in Texas politics, matched only by Biden, his successor. Among Republicans, 81% have a favorable opinion of Trump; 78% of Democrats have an unfavorable opinion. And while 76% of Democrats say Biden is doing a good job, 91% of Republicans disapprove of his work.

Two-thirds of Texas voters say the country is on the wrong track. Four years ago, the last time the highest offices in state were on the ballot, only 50% said the country was on the wrong track. There’s a Democrat in the White House now; he was a Republican four years ago. And four years before, when Barack Obama was president, a February 2014 UT/Texas Tribune poll found that 63% of Texans thought the country was on the wrong track.

More than half expect to see more political violence in the United States in the future (54%). Most (53%) think Biden “legitimately won the 2020 presidential election,” but winners were more likely to believe him than losers: 91% of Democrats called him legitimate, while 67% of Republicans don’t think he won legitimately.

Overall, 51% said protesters in the US Capitol in January 2021 were “trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.” This group included 82% Democrats and 25% Republicans; 8% of Democrats disagreed, along with 62% of Republicans.