More Texas voters unhappy than satisfied over power grid, abortion and property taxes, UT/TT Poll finds

More Texas voters unhappy than satisfied over power grid, abortion and property taxes, UT/TT Poll finds

Sign up for The Brief , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Texas voters have a net disapproval for how state leaders have handled the reliability of the electricity grid, abortion and property taxes, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. In an October poll of 1,200 registered voters, respondents expressed major disapproval for the state’s handling of the reliability of the main power grid after statewide power outages in February left millions of Texans without power for days. Only 18% of voters approved of how state leaders handled the issue, and 60% of voters disapproved. Even lawmakers themselves have expressed frustration that the laws they wrote to prepare the power grid for extreme weather haven’t led to enough preparations ahead of this winter. “The lurking uncertainty and doubts about the electricity grid [are] a mine waiting to go off,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “If there’s another even moderate infrastructure problem in the state in the grid or service delivery writ large that can be connected with the February outages and the failure of the Legislature to respond in a way that people expect it to be effective, it’s a real political problem for incumbents.” The internet survey was conducted from Oct. 22-31, a few days after the conclusion of a third special legislative session, and has a margin of error […]

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