Joe Biden as popular as top Republican officials in Texas, UT / TT poll finds


AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – Texas Democrats think Joe Biden is doing a good job as president, latest says University of Texas / Texas Tribune survey.

But Texas Republicans don’t.

Overall, the president gets good ratings from 44% of Texas voters and bad ratings from 46% – numbers that are better or about the same as the state’s most popular Republican leaders. Beneath Biden’s overall numbers, as with other officials in Texas, are sharper partisan ranks: 88% of Democrats said Biden was doing a good job and 86% of Republicans disapproved of the job he was doing.

Biden is doing a little better – but still poorly – with Republicans on how he handled the pandemic response; 14% agree and 67% disapprove. But 92% of Democrats approve. And overall, 49% of voters in Texas give Biden good marks on the pandemic, while 35% think he did a bad job.

Overall, 38% approve of Biden’s handling of the economy and 46% disapprove of it. Only 23% of voters approve of his response to immigration and border security, while 59% disapprove.

A majority of 55% of voters in Texas disapprove of the work of the US Congress; 24% said they approve, but only 4% strongly agree. It’s a Democratic Congress, which gets good marks from 49% of Democrats in Texas. Among Republicans, 82% disapprove of the work being done on the US Capitol.

US state senators score higher than Congress as a whole. John cornyn gets 31% approval ratings from all voters and 43% disapproval ratings. Among his fellow Republicans, 57% approve and 18% disapprove of his work.

Ted cruz, overall has 43% approval and 48% disapproval. He’s more popular with Texas Republicans than the Senior Senator, with 80% saying they approve of the job he does – 57% strongly.

Gov. Greg Abbott scores about as many voters in Texas (43%) as poor (45%). He is, however, popular with Republicans: 77% approve of the way he does his job. These numbers correspond to how voters rate the governor on his response to the pandemic. Overall, 43% agree and 48% disapprove. Among Democrats, 87% disapprove, and among Republicans, 76% agree.

Just over a third of Texas voters (35%) approve of the manner in which Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick does its job, while 39% disapprove. New home speaker Dade Phelan, a Republican, still hasn’t made an impression on most voters – a condition he shares with most of his predecessors in the office. While 20% of voters said he did a good job, and 22% did not, 57% of voters have no impression of him or have no opinion.

According to 32% of Texas voters, and a bad one, according to 36%. The remaining 30% had a neutral or no opinion. Among Republicans, 59% said he was doing a good job, and among Democrats, 68% said he was doing a bad job.

University of Texas / Texas Tribune Internet Survey out of 1,200 registered voters took place from April 16 to 22 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in graphs may not add to 100% due to rounding.

This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune at The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, non-partisan media organization that educates Texans – and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government, and statewide issues.

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