Texas Governor Approval Rating

In our recent post-election survey, we found that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has a strong favorability rating, particularly among Republicans and Texas voters who are not attached to the two main political parties.

Approval Rating for Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Greg Abbott is handling his job as Governor of Texas?

Approve 54%

Disapprove 30%

Don’t Know 15%

Refuse 1%

According to our results, 54% of Texas registered voters approve of how Greg Abbott is handling his job as governor and 30% disapprove. Fifteen percent are undecided on the issue.

Party ID & Approval Rating for Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Republican

Democrat Independent

Something Else

Approve

87%

36% 31%

52%

Disapprove

3%

46% 47%

36%

Don’t Know

10%

17% 21%

11%

Refuse

<1%

2% 2%

1%

Governor Abbott enjoys an 87% approval rating among Republicans and a 52% approval rating among respondents who do not consider themselves a Republican, Democrat, or an Independent. Most Democrats (46%) and Independents (47%) disapprove of the way Greg Abbott is handling his job as governor of Texas.

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From March 20 to April 13, 2017, ESRL employees and undergraduate students conducted interviews as part of a class project who were enrolled in Political Analysis, taught by Dr. Jared Perkins, and Introduction to American Government, taught by Dr. Sara Norman.

The employees and students called registered voters in the state of Texas and had 442 completed surveys. Interviews were administered on both landline (28%) and cell phones (72%). The margin of error was ±4.6 at the 95% confidence interval. The sample was weighted based on age from the 2015 population estimate obtained from the Texas Demographic Center

The codebook can be found here: ESRL Spring 2017 Survey.

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