A new poll of Republican votes released by Defend Texas Liberty shows that Republican voters in Texas are more conservative than leadership in the Texas House.

Last month, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan made the claim at a liberal fundraiser that there was “no evidence” the 2020 election was stolen. The poll shows, however, that 78 percent of Republican voters disagree and believe that cheating did somehow affect the 2020 presidential election.

Another question asked Republican voters if Texas’ abortion laws are too strict and need to be loosened by allowing rape or incest exceptions, as Phelan has indicated could happen during the upcoming legislative session.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents disagreed firmly with Phelan’s claims. Only 7 percent agreed that a child conceived by a rapist should be punished under our laws for the sins of their father, and 16 percent were unsure.

Another question posed to the voters brought up Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s call for the United States to wage an act of war against Russia by launching “pre-emptive strikes” on Russia.

Eighty-three percent of voters immediately disagreed, while 5 percent agreed with Zelenskyy and said that the United States should join the fight, and 13 percent of voters were unsure.

When it comes to who Texas GOP voters would prefer lead the ticket in 2024, former President Donald Trump lead the field with 46 percent in favor of him running for re-election. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trails Trump with 29 percent of voters as the only other candidate in the double digits.

However, if Trump refuses to run for re-election in 2024, DeSantis holds the lead at a commanding 64 percent of votes with no other candidate in the double digits.

“We test different issues every month, but one result that remains the same is that Republican voters are more conservative than ever. They want lawmakers to fight for them and are clearly supporting those kinds of leaders based on multiple polls,” said Jonathan Stickland, former state representative and current lead of the Defend Texas Liberty PAC.

The entire poll may be viewed here.

Soli Rice

A journalist for Texas Scorecard, Soli is a new Texan with a passion for politics. She's excited to hone her writing skills and help spread truth to Texans.


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